Common synonyms: Besgano, Barbera e Raspo, Lombardesca, Perricone, Gaietto, Ughetta, Pignatello, Barberone

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fourth most planted grape in all of Italy. 7th century Lombard historian, Paul the Deacon, wrote that the Lombard troops defeated the Franks at the Battle of Refrancore after getting them schnoggered on the local wine, which was likely Barbera. The jugs had been scattered all over the field and the Franks willingly drank from them, and lost their coordination. 13th century documents from the Casale Monferrato have details of leasing agreements for vineyards planted with “de bons vitibus barbexinis,” which is Barbera. In 1798 Count Novolune, the deputy director of the agrarian society of Turin, named Barbera as one of the grapes in his list of “Vitis vinifera Montisferratensis,” the grapes surrounding Read more »

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  • I went to Italy at the weekend as one of my nephews decided to get married to ... ... of 'Tralcio Antico,a Barbera D'Asti,a Morellino di Scansano. and a Trentino Muller Thurgau. The fourth bottle is a Bonardo made by Villa Maggi. I do not pretend to know a lot about Italian wine but I am sure I will enjoy th Read More

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  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti le Orme 2016


    Attractive dark purple in the glass. Fairly fruity nose. Not too heavy hit of mixed berries on the tip of the tongue.A surprisingly silky mouthfeel, Not the biggest wine in the world, but more full-bodied than I expected. Light, but noticeable, and appreciated, acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • not much tannins great heavy finish both .good

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Barbera Rich Vineyard 2016


    Enjoyable wine. Tart cranberry on the tongue. OK, it's quite tart. Let's say almost not-quite-ripe cranberry, Modest body. I'm enjoying this wine, but I don't see much aging potential, here. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thank heavens we are done with ours or so it seems, lots of basements flooding ... tasting we drank one good Barbera, one really good Barbaresco and an excellent Brunell Read More

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  • I have been enjoying Michele Chiarlo Barbera for some time now so when I ran across this bottle of Langhe Nebbiolo it went right in my cart.13.5% ABV Translucent garnet in color. Ripe dark cherries and a touch of tar on the nose. Medium light in weight. Ripe red fruited with medium acidity with some earthiness and moderate drying tannins that li... Read More

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  • Mostly reds for me, my wife drinks only white. I usually buy in the $15-$20 ... broadly. CdR, Zin, Syrah, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo mostl Read More

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  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best boutique wines of California, Washington or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux w... Read More

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  • La Torre Sangue di Giuda Dell'Oltrepo Pavese Frizzante 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Interesting wine. Haven't had a Barbera in years - worth the money? Read More

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  • I opened a 2014 Veglio Barbera d'Alba last night. Light ruby in color. Light medium bodied. Red fruited and high acid with an almost tanninless finish. If drank blind, I would of bet it was a example of an Barbera d'Asti. Read More

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  • Just bought an Umberto Fiore Barbera D'Alba 2003. The wine store owner is a friend and said if it was no good he would replace it with another wine. Does anyone have a comment on this vineyard and vintage?

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  • goodd.

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  • strange vine i've tasted tenutta careta , it needs at least one day after the opening to taste all flavors it can give.

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  • oh sorry i forgot to mention the fantastic barbera`s from my friend gianni abrigo from treiso loreto and mervisano

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  • barbera what a memories as a little boy growing up in piedmont,remember my granpa drinking barbera and playing boccie,that were the seventies many thing are changed in better barbara long time ago was a very cheap and modest wine then all sudden the mitical giacomo bologna ACTUALLY HE STARTED bottling barbera in 1961 when everybody sold barbera ...

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  • exelant barbera ansisia 2003

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  • Styxdvr: Try Boeger Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a much underated AVA. The area has many microclimate that are excellent for growing many varietals.

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