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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  • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vignavillej 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Jeremy Block

  • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vignavillej 2007


    Barbera is normally a good, light, highly acidic fruit driven red wine that is hard to displease. And yet, all to often, Barbera (and Dolceto and Gringolino for that matter) are lost in the heystorm of Barolo and Barbaresco infatuation. Brovia steps up to the plate in their "Sori del Drago" and delivers a knock out punch. This is an ultra ser... Read More

    Wine review by Jeremy Block

  • Veglio Michelino E Figlio Barbera d'Alba 2005


    Found this gem for $8.99 at my wine shop. Very surprising. Earthy, berry fruit bouquet. Starts out with a beautiful gravelly, earthy kind of flavor. Moves on to have some cherry notes and just a bit of red pepper. Nice and dry on the tongue. The finish is a little thin and acidic, but the other flavors easily make up for it. Leaves a nice aftert... Read More

    Wine review by GrantC

  • Firesteed Barbera D Asti 1997


    awesome find for $5 Read More

    Wine review by vxenakis

  • Roberto Ferraris Barbera Barbera d'Asti Nobbio 2008


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    Wine review by JOst

  • La Luna del Rospo Barbera d'Asti 2005


    Fantastic Barbera!! The best Asti I've had potentially....ever! Completely alluring on the nose. Balanced acidity and good depth on the palate. Killer value at around $20. Read More

    Wine review by jameshull

  • All my wife and I drink -- the only wines we really enjoy -- are FRENCH Pinots and Beaujolais. However, we are off to Italy in the Summer and don't want to alienate the Italians by ordering French Wine. We also think it would be fun to do as the Italians do while in Italy. So, I would like to start experimenting now with Italian wines -- see if... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Lover Looking to...

  • I'm trying to find a wine that a friend had. All I remember is that the label said 2007 and Italian Piedmont. It was red and the first sip was good but 20 seconds later the second sip was heavenly. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Terra del Barolo Barbera...

  • general, I am displeased with ... ... two of my fav areas. Barbera winner was an Amador County (which I adore). As far as Cabs. was happy to see ZD mentioned, as well as Calistoga Cellars, and Saddleback- good bets. A little surprised the Trefethen 2006 placed so high.. have loved their win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic OK..anyone see the SF... by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68

  • Nello Olivo Barbera El Dorado County 2006


    Nice California version of an Italian grape. Lush mouth-feel with brambly red and black fruits. Well balanced with soft tannins and just a pleasant hint of a smoky/gamey note. Read More

    Wine review by chadrich

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