Barbera

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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  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

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  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007

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    Wine review by allysebrown


  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    The good news: there is nothing that distracts in this wine. The bad news: There is nothing that attracts in this wine. It is a good group picnic wine where having enough bottles is more important than what the label is but you want a cut above your local grocery specials. It is easy to drink like a young Beaujolais and dare I say is more of a "... Read More

    Wine review by CommonMan


  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit jammy on the nose with lots of cola character, sweet woodiness, root beer, biter herbs, jammy root beer, cool and seamless if monolithic with prominent tannins backing nice bitter cherry fruit, uncomplicated if impressively structured, nice fruit fights to get out on the backend, finishes fairly strong with really nice ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kenwood Red Table Wine 2005

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    Wine review by ctrueman


  • Irish Vineyards 2006

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    Agreed - got to visit Irish Vineyards recently and was impressed with everything we tasted. Barbera is a personal favorite and definitely came home with some of Irish's. Robust wine with fruity full body. One of my favorite styles. Read More

    Wine review by andie1


  • Terre del Barolo Barbera 2006

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    Wine review by Ollie123


  • Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Fiulot 2012

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    Wine review by meggwaltney


  • I love me some good reds, and have had a ton of good wines with Lodi grapes, but I'm going to be in Lodi next weekend and was wondering if anyone could recommend some wineries with tasting rooms worth visiting. We're going to have a wide range of people there, so a combination of good wine and interesting winery would be ideal...I also tend to b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recommended wineries in Lodi,...


  • Fratelli Ponte Barbera d'Asti 2005

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    Wine review by Faerie


  • Looking for some barbera recs2004 Cavallotto Barbera has been a house wine for me, and sadly its almost gone, Looking for something to replace it. I love this wine b/c its relatively cheap and so flexible. It has a cocktail wine quality (which I usually consider derogatory), h/e it is a serious wine--smooth texture, roundness, and pure, juicy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barbera recs


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