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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Cantina Monti

    Located at Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, the estate was founded in 1996, wh...

  • Produttori del Barbaresco

    Founded in 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way small p...

  • Ada Nada

    It all began long ago in 1919, when granfather Carlo bought a farmhouse in the Rombone hamlet...

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Castello di Neive

    Castello di Neive comprises a 150 acres (60 hectares) estate, all in the Neive town council, in t...

  • Sottimano

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

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Expanding the thread title to include the main guts of Piedmont.Drinking young again today, but I have over a case left, so can afford to.Shows a compressed but bright nose of sour (red) cherry and cranberry with just a hint of oak shavings. Elegant, medium viscosity on the attack, with good medium to medium plus freshness. The sour cherry, cran... Read More

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  • Really just to see what they're like and get a feel for the producers style. Also for fun.The Pelissero was a success in this regard, the delle Rose, not as much. Even with all the air I gave it, it didn't open very much on the palate, the nose was interesting though, more medicinal and menthol in with the tar and roses. Having tasted the wines,... Read More

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  • You can send those few ounces my way if you have no other use for them.  Both of those Barbarescos look delicious.  Read More

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  • Prepping this for tonight...having some neighbors over, some of which who love Nebbiolo, so should be interesting. Fox highly (double highly) recommended this wine from his trip to Piedmont last year, so this is also a bat signal for Foxall.I don't think I'll double decant this one...maybe pour off a couple ounces and let it sit open all day.   Read More

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  • WB has a thread on this, why not us?Cracked my first one over the weekend, a Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola. While Pelissero has a couple more highly esteemed Barbaresco (Tulin, of which I have a few, and Venotu, of which I hope to get some), I enjoyed this wine, and picked the right time to open it as it was accessible enough for the casu... Read More

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  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... her new book on Barolo and Barbaresco (touted on here by our pal GdP) says Barboursville is one of two wineries outside Italy that can actually make good Nebbiolo. And if you ever want to dig your toes into the sands at the edge of the Finger Lakes, they make so... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... and Valtellina, i.e. non-Barbaresco/Barolo. Those are also interesting and in some cases pretty good.Not to hijack your thread but for me the most unusual is something that has very little acreage in CA.If anyone is interested, here are the grapes that constitute one percen... Read More

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  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2010


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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... ... qualities, but so does Barbaresco/Barolo, or Burgundy, N. Rhone wines, etc. If you're going to do sparkling with that, I'd go for something with some real age on it. But first choice wouldn't be sparkling.To answer your question - there's no reason you can'... Read More

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