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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  • Wine Road through Provence and PiemonteLooking at the World through a Glass of ... ... Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, wine, travel, tasting, vineyard, Grenache, Mourvedre! Read More

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  • I have decided to learn about wines specifically because I was tired of going to restaurants and just picking "whatever everyone else picked". My brother, who had been a bartender for over 15 years told me to figure out what grape I liked and then sent me a video y John Cleese called "Wine for the Confused". :) After watching that video, I le... Read More

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  • Burlotto Barbera d'Alba 2007


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    Wine review by unclesahm

  • Michele Chiarlo 2007


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    Wine review by Bad Bobby Wine

  • Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina 2006


    A great performance from this beauty tonight. Medium red color in the glass. The nose is almost smoky with plum, savory broth, mushrooms and moist earth. On the palate a full body with raspberry, fig, more mushroom and a sweet mid-palate of red fruit that carries this wines brisk acidity to the end. The finish is long and fresh with cherry and c... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Carlo Giacosa Barbera d'Alba Mucin 2007


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  • Michele Chiarlo 2006


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    Wine review by jj0

  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2007


    I think sometimes people expect a bit too much when they buy an inexpensive ... about $7 for the La Loggia Barbera and while it didn't bowl me over, it was pleasant and drinkable. Nice fruit, pleasant aroma and OK though short finish. And no fake or candy kind of flavors which you sometimes get with inexpensive wines. This would be a good summ... Read More

    Wine review by judgelog

  • Corregia Barbera D Alba Ml 2004


    Silky quenching cherry fruit, a touch of liquorice. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley

  • Just ran across this mini-series of articles on Italian varietals in California, and thought it might be of interest: Read More

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