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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  • Enkidu Bedrock Vineyard Barbera 2013


    Beautiful red plum color in the glass. Something of a musky nose. On the tongue, this is an absolute knock-off of so many Italian red wines that I have enjoyed over the years. Medium bodied. Fresh, bright red fruit, but the dominant characteristic is tartness. Now, Im sure that somebody will insist that if one dimension dominates, then the ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • And you can always get some Barbera, which can age well and which will be a lot less money than Barolo or Barbaresco. Well, at least usually it will be. And Nebbiolo is made in other areas as well, so depending on what you're looking for, you can buy a few bottles of something from Valtellina or Gattinara, both of which can produce very nice Neb... Read More

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  • Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2012


    Nice balance of fruit and acidity with no noticeable tannins. There was a ... ... of the bottle. Good basic barber Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Ravenswood Besieged 2013


    The color of this wine is a mix between purple, burgundy and has brown tinges....oily in texture! Rich dark berry aromas with some dried dark fruits in there as well. Flavors follow suit and there are added notes of licorice, nutty oak, Earthy spice tones, blackberry, dark cherries etc....full mouthfeel and buttery smooth! Alcohol tinge right... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Sun and The Valley (and Piemonte) have been familiar stomps for me, too. ... ... Did you drink Barbaresco and Barbera, to Read More

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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I worked as a Silicon Valley technical writer, and in that capacity was enabled by my employer, an Italian company with a U.S. Advanced Technology Center,  to travel annually to Italy's Piedmont region, where the company was headquartered. Naturally, I fell in love with th... Read More

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  • Yeah, and Amarone and Barbaresco/Barolo are about as different as you can get, ... ... like Teroldego, Lagrein, Barbera, all of which also age nicely and tend to be a lot cheaper. Most importantly, how long do they intend to keep the wine and where? On top of the fridge is no good for aging. Inside the fridge is way better and if they have a c... Read More

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  • Cooked up one of my favorite easy Italian meals this evening - country style ... ... or Chatus – and Barbera).  Loads of ripe dark fruit on the nose with a hint of licorice and shoe polish. On the palate is ripe blackberry, blueberry pie, a touch of smoke, medium grained tannins, medium acidity and a somewhat long finish. This is opening up n... Read More

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  • Azienda Agricola l'Armangia Piemonte Albarossa Macchiaferro 2010


    Nice Italian red made from the Albarossa grape (cross between Nebbiolo di ... ... di Dronero or Chatus and Barbera). Loads of ripe dark fruit on the nose with a hint of licorice and shoe polish. On the palate is ripe blackberry, blueberry pie, a touch of smoke, medium grained tannins, medium acidity and a somewhat long finish. This is openi... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Hi, my wife and I received a nice bottle of wine as a wedding present that we've now been cellaring for over 5 years (planning to enjoy on our anniversary in the future when its time, online people suggest to 'hold' still). We've never cellared wine before, but it's been fun to have this special bottle that we're waiting to enjoy together over m... 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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  • 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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  • In reply to thewineattic on California barberas, the only domestic barbera I've found that I like is from Sunset Cellars: My favorite barberas are from Bruno Giacosa and the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Giada. The 2005 Giada is amazing, although it needs a good hour to breathe. I have not tried ...

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