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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  • Bruno Verdi Red Blend Oltrepò Pavese Sangue di Giuda Paradiso 2006


    Definitely a wine to savor over peeled sliced peaches!!Go Paolo! Read More

    Wine review by bazziniwine1

  • Oddero Barbera di Alba 2006


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    Wine review by coslattery

  • Gaja Langhe Sitorey 1998


    one of my favorites. It is very harmonic and elegant wine. Read More

    Wine review by hull

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2006


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    Wine review by jpiscionere

  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne Domenico Clerico Piedmont 2005


    Showing very mute tonight. My memories of this bottle included lush intense fruit on the nose and a full bodied performance on the palate but this is far from what I recall. Tonight's bottle showed some red fruit, cedar and quite a bit of heat on the nose. On the palate it shows some currant and vanilla with a drying, short finish. Possible bad ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Giovanni Manzone Barbera d'Alba 2000


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    Wine review by vindood

  • I've found myself recently heading for much more acidic reds -- mainly Italian. Probably to do with the fact that my Significant Other has been demanding I make gnocchi about twice a week. There's got to be a bite with that much starch. With whites I've loved Rhône-style things for years, and southern French wines -- Marsanne/Roussane-based thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Changes in taste: what's...

  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 1999


    Decanted about 60min. Fruity perfume on the nose. Concentrated, juicy and complex with a smooth body, notes of tobacco, cranberry and black cherry on the palette. Intense cherry and plum finish.Paired well with pesto sauce, complementing its earthiness. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  • Scott Harvey Wines Barbera Mountain Selection 2006


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    Wine review by lusciousdough

  • Viansa Barbera Sonoma County Augusto 2005


    I found this wine at the Grocery Outlet which sells many closeout wines. Once in a while you find jewel, and this was it. $6.95 bottle. I bought a case, but will go back for the rest. This very good. Read More

    Wine review by Wino Rick

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