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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  • None other than the Governator himself has declared September California Wine ... ... such as Sangiovese and Barbera, and most recently a focus on Spanish and Portuguese grapes. We've found three producers to help illustrate these new movements , as well as some of the classic California styles we all love. Carlo Russo's Wine & Spirit World ... Read More

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  • Casetta Barbera d'Alba Vigna Suri 2005


    Now, here's a very pretty dry red rosso (12,5% alcohol), rough but round, very fruity (wild cherries, berries, wood, vanilla, smoked figs and green apple on the nose) medium bodied, with a pleasant bitterness on the finish (that calls for mature cheeses or red meat). If you like your Chianti or Rosso di Montalcino, you should try this one as an ... Read More

    Wine review by Arwan

  • Niner Wine Estates Barbera Paso Robles 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by ampelography

  • Dillian Wines Barbera California Shenandoah Valley 2007


    Cherry immediately stands out for me in this wine - a traditional feature to the Barbera varietal. Red fruit forward, tannins are not over powering, approachable and very enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2006


    nice as described!! Read More

    Wine review by Robert schock

  • Los Primos Barbera 2007


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    Wine review by Tjamieso1

  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2007


    Lightly floral, shifting nose with good spice. Flavors are melty and smooth, dark and juicy. Succulent, with a nice spice and well integrated oak. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Dillian Wines Barbera California Shenandoah Valley 2007


    The creamy vanilla nose is quite spicy. Super bright cherry and cola. This is a super bright, quite huge wine. I really like that quality in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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