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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  • I met with a semi-regular Sunday tasting group last week for the usual ... the ... the 2006 Giacomo Conterno Barbera was a stunningly good example of the variety. So pure and deep its tough to think of a better example of Barbera, save perhaps other vintages of the same wines. While not inexpensive as far as Barbera goes this still offers fair... Read More

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  • Tanis Vineyards Barbera 2005


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    Wine review by ABC123

  • One of the major challenges wine consumers face today is obtaining consistent ... ... & Winery? Well try their Barbera or Petite Sirah and you'll be telling your friends. The classic Renaissance Vineyard Premier Cuvee Cabernet is simply amazing, a rare American Classic with layered fruit balanced by expressive soil tones. Even the very hard to... Read More

    From the article A Peek at Small Production Artisanal Wines

  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek ... ... have long been a fan of Barbera in California but the early examples of Sangiovese that I tried, those late 1980's examples from Atlas Peak, left a lot to be desired. It is surprising since the rolling hills of California have more than a passing similarity t... Read More

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  • Michele Chiarlo 2004


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    Wine review by unknown09er

  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007


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    Wine review by ctrueman

  • Hello everyone, I've been using this website for quite some time but finally signed up. I'm making a wine list for my family's italian restaurant and pizzeria. So since its a pizzeria I'd like to have good affordable wines. 5 Whites 5 Reds But I'm really trying to stay true with Italian wines. I'm interested in the new modern wines that are eme... Read More

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  • Prunotto Barbera Costamiole Italy 1996


    very luscious with lots of ripe fruit..yum Read More

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  • Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Barbera 2012


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    Wine review by aaqq

  • Big House Red 2004


    Dirt cheap and tasty with more body than you might expect from an $8 wine. From trader Joe's and Big House Wine Co. This is a great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by dbloom

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