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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Vermentino

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

  • 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...

  • Corvina

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

  • 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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  • San Silvestro

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

  • Dante Rivetti

    The roots of four generations of the Rivetti family run deep into the hills which overlook Neive ...

  • Marchesi di Gresy

    Alberto di Grésy was born in Milan on June 1, 1952, where he completed his studies and graduated ...

  • 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...

  • Bruno Giacosa

    The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langa and Roero regions and...

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  • Rocca Felice Nebbiolo d'Alba 2013


    Garnet color with quite a bit of light coming through. Tart nose of, more than anything else, red cherries. Fairly light on the tongue. Light berry flavor. The most telling characteristic is acid. Moderate level of tannin. Lightness and acid tartness makes this an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rosa Dell 'Olmo Barbaresco 2012


    Red fruit and some floral notes on the nose, Red fruited with a high amount of acid and a bit floral on the palate too. Finish is long and very astringent. Bought at Trader Joe's and expected this wine to be more modern in style but this wine needs time. Give it a looong decant or better yet put it on it's side for fifteen more years. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Yet another example of how Italian wines--even Baroli--can provide relatively ... that dinner... Barolo + Barbaresco 19641964 is considered one of a few really great Piemonte vintages – an “Annata Eccezionale” on Renato Ratti’s seminal vintage chart and the equivalent on many others, and it’s the source of some of the best old Nebbiolo we’ve h... Read More

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  • Haven't listened to that album, so thanks. Remember him having Dylan on his ... ... to a storm, was drinking Barbaresco rather than champers. Plenty of that in the cooler, though, so can bust it out over the next few days because it looks like the remembering will continue for a bit... A view of the music and intellectual world back in those da... Read More

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  • Agreed on Riserva, and non-Riserva. I'm not really as interested in the ... ... - Supposedly he makes a Barbaresco Riserva, though I'd have to look more in to where the grapes are coming from (i.e. a blend, or the best blocks of Pajore...again, Tim would know)The Southern exposures do indeed sound like a traditional example of where the Barol... Read More

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  • Batasiolo Dolcetto D' Alba DOC 2008


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  • Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most readily come to mind are Gaja and Giacosa. These producers have in many ways shaped how we've come to understand this sometimes inscrutable corner of Piedmonte. For years however, those in the know have been whispering the name of another producer who belongs among the top ec... Read More

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  • The place was packed on a Wednesday after noon as soon as the 5 o'clock ... the prices on the Barolo and Barbaresco seemed pretty fair--perhaps the delle Rose was higher than I expected, but Garblet Sue was definitely less, as was Monvigliero, than I have seen out here, when I can even find them. When shipping from elsewhere is factored in, it... Read More

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  • And there's vintage, and winemaking style (the barrique idea was to make ... ... delle Rose Tre Stelle Barbaresco, Burlotto, Cogno, and just about all my favorites.  Oh, bo Read More

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  • I don't know, in 2014 the 2010 Burlotto Monvig already was great, but it ... weekend and open a Gallina Barbaresco from Ugo Lequi Read More

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