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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  • 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...

  • Giordano

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

  • Cà Nova

    The Cà Nova Estate winery was born in 1996.. About ten hectars of vineyards, a modern cellar and ...

  • Cantina Monti

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

  • Giuseppe Cortese

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

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Barbaresco on Snooth

  • Yes, you sure know how to hit the low hanging fruit! I suppose we could do ... do ... close to Barolo/Barbaresco, blending is allowed, so most are not mono varietal nebbiolo.Also finding Nebbiolo changes drastically even over a few Km's. Fox, hope you have a back up plan!&nbs Read More

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  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... ... being made in Barolo and Barbaresco, and in several cases aren't even more rustic. We're talking nowhere near the distance between parts of Napa and Sonoma, so pretty close, too. One parallel might be the distinction between the Cote d'Or and Maconnaise?So ma... Read More

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2011


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    Wine review by invinoveritas78

  • Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2013


    Rustic, simple and simply good. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • There are a couple Langhe Nebbiolos like Vietti's Perbacco and one or two others, and a few Gattinaras and the like that go for a song that I actually do drink like dailies, or elevated dailies.  As long as the food is right, and they are pretty flexible, even good with roast chicken, there's nothing stopping me. Read More

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  • Agreed Fox, and considering I got the 2011 Montestefano's for under $44 with no tax, I had to stock up. Wish I had gone as strong with the Asili's which are already up in price over two weeks. Read More

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  • If drinking a bottle of wine early helps a relationship, then who cares about ideal drinking window?  It's a guess anyway.  I can't ever buy enough in quantities because I want variety and I don't have space.  Hate to be too invested in any one wine.  But those PdB normales are something you could dip into once a week if you felt like it. Read More

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  • Nice JD.Unfortunately I don't have any older Asili or any other Produttori at the moment. I always think I should buy in quantity and then for whatever reason, I usually don't get around to it and when I do, like this past winter, we drink them up. Partly because my wife loves them, partly because I do. Read More

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  • Following up on the 2011 Sottimano Barbaresco...took this one to our annual Las Vegas convention in an insulated backpack with icepacks. Of course AC in the car all the way helped, and the ice packs kept it cool during setup, then got to the hotel room in fine order I have to assume...worked out well.Silky consistency with good earth, spice (som... Read More

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  • I think that 2010 Produttori normale is one to buy, also tried at a resto earlier this year and could tell it's going to be a late bloomer with good cellar potential.Also understand Giacosa and Roagna make an Asili, a regular and reserve in both cases, more food for thought. I don't own any Gaja but have thought about buying an odd bottle here o... Read More

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