Barbaresco Wine


Barbaresco is one of the noble wines of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. It has a history dating back centuries, though it has drastically changed in style. Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was fashionable for wines to have a touch of frothy sweetness. Although Nebbiolo has always been the base for Barbaresco, grapes such as Moscatello and Passeretto were blended in for this effect. 
Enter Domizio Cavazza, the proclaimed “Father of Barbaresco,” who became the first director of the Enological School of Alba (Italy’s oldest) in 1888. In 1894 he founded the first official Barbaresco cooperative with local landowners, and began producing the wine in the single varietal, dry style that we know and love. 
In 1933, the Barbaresco zone was officially delineated, and it became DOC in 1966, achieving DOCG, the superior status, in 1980. The four villages of Barbaresco are located in the Langhe along the Tanaro river and consist of Barbaresco, Nieve Read more »

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  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cortese

    Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘G...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Giuseppe Cortese

    Cortese's family produces and vinifies with passion.Since 3 generations, using its own grapes fro...

  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio

    The “AZIENDA AGRICOLA ADRIANO MARCO e VITTORIO” farm is a family-run company, situated in the hea...

  • Roagna

    The roots The Nebbiolo grape, deep-rooted since ancient times in the gentle slopes of the Langhe ...

  • Sottimano

    The Sottimano winery was founded in 1974 by Maggiore Sottimano; the first step was purchasing the...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Giordano

    The Family Business: Our History The Giordano family has been producing wine in Valle Talloria...

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Barbera d'Alba DOC 2006


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    Wine review by Marcost

  • Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba 1982


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    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 1986


    This offers up a lovely and mature bouquet of spicy Nebbiolo fruit with a top not of dried porcini and an ever so slight toffeed edge with grace notes of mint and toasted pecan all over a slightly smoky, heather tinged core of spiced red plum and berry fruits In the mouth the bottle sweetness here is wonderful with the core of strawberry fruit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Vietti Barbera Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005


    This bottle was almost like a Zinfandel in its spicy and woodsy notes but with the kick of a Barbera that kept your mouth watering. What more could I ask for in a pairing with Risotto. The nose was a candy shop of dark fruit turning to blueberries and with a super long mouth coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2006


    was in good form this night. I recall it showing a lot of restraint when I first received my cases. That has blown over to reveal a smoother and slightly sweeter Dolcetto than in the past vintages of this bottle. It reminded me more of a Dolcetto Di Dogliani, which is hardly a bad thing. This bottle showed less structure but much more pleasing b... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • This weekend I conducted a private party in the home of a long time client and ... ... the grace of a Barolo or Barbaresco it gains an almost Amarone like intensity yet retains a similar backbone and structure of a Barolo. Add to that the fresh acidity and you have the best of both worlds. This wine worked wonders with the Risotto as it matc... Read More

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  • Dolcetto d'Alba G.D Vajra Italy Piemont Doc. . R 2006


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    Wine review by kcovo

  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2003


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    Wine review by Halo21

  • Marcarini Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba Fontanazza 2007


    Dolcetto Fontanazza 2007 87ptsFrom La MorraAll stainlessThe lightly spiced nose offer a touch of almost cinnamon like heat with light floral tones and a hint of black pepper bacon 2+Suave and smooth with soft tannins and balanced acids 2A touch of leafy greenness up front is followed by fresh plumy fruit and suggestions of high toned lemon/lime... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Scarzello Dolcetto D' Alba 2006


    2006 Dolcetto dAlba 91pts3000 bottles produced, from a high vineyard, above Merenda to the west, surrounded on three sides by woods with a clay/rocky soil mix, 13-16 days in followed by a year in StainlessA bit doughy on the nose with a feral quality and a rusty minerality, a touch stinky still with layered minerality, oily clay and slate 2+Coo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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