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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  • La Spinetta Rivetti Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2006


    Medium body with nice bright aromas. Lighter on the palate, low tannins, red berries, floral. Read More

    Wine review by basilwino

  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2006


    Surpisingly good with a home cooked Chinese meal. Really opened up after 15 minutes. Read More

    Wine review by MNels

  • Marco Bonfante Barbera D' Asti Stella Rossa 2004


    this is such as good testing wine and truly worth the $$$. I like the yr 2005 better than 2004 Read More

    Wine review by George2010

  • Tasmorcan Barbera d'Asti Perrone 2007


    This is not an "in your face, ultra structured wine". It is, however, beautifully balanced, well rounded with polished fruit and is incredidibly smooth on the palate. The nose is rich and intense with a color to match. Finishes well and a pleasure to drink. Have had this with wild boar ragu and also with suckling pig. Had plenty of heft to c... Read More

    Wine review by stevyg

  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by stupidlullabies

  • La Corte Barbera d'Asti la Birba 2008


    I really wanted to like this wine and was looking forward to trying it. The beauty was only in the color, a nice maroon. The nose was promising - mostly ripe fruit and sweet jam with hints of vanilla and maple syrup. The sip was salty, highly acidic with medium tannins, and had a very bitter after taste. I'm glad I paired it with Spaghetti... Read More

    Wine review by thewinegal

  • Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2006


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    Wine review by JOst

  • Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Barbera 2006


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    Wine review by PhysicsTeacher

  • Thanks to our own Gregory Dal Piaz, last night's Snooth team dinner was an epic ... an epic ... 2006 Lava Cap Barbera ( and two electric bottles of Tokaji: a 1993 Hilltop Neszmely ( and a 1999 from... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Nobody Parties Like Snooth

  • If you are having someone over for dinner who is not an experienced wine drinker, what do you serve them? Do you get out your best wine, or do you serve them something that is sure to be pleasing? What's the best wine to start a brand new palate on? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine for first timers

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