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 love me some good reds, and have had a ton of good wines with Lodi grapes, but I'm going to be in Lodi next weekend and was wondering if anyone could recommend some wineries with tasting rooms worth visiting. We're going to have a wide range of people there, so a combination of good wine and interesting winery would be ideal...I also tend to b... Read More

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  • Fratelli Ponte Barbera d'Asti 2005


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    Wine review by Faerie

  • Looking for some barbera recs2004 Cavallotto Barbera has been a house wine for me, and sadly its almost gone, Looking for something to replace it. I love this wine b/c its relatively cheap and so flexible. It has a cocktail wine quality (which I usually consider derogatory), h/e it is a serious wine--smooth texture, roundness, and pure, juicy... Read More

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  • Michele Chiarlo 2006


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    Wine review by caymusman

  • Today was the final day of the Alba Wine Exhibition's grand tastings. the ... ... very fine dolcettos, a solid barbera and Nebbiolo d'Alba and a powerful, scented Barolo. Surprisingly the surprise of the visit was the Bricco Appiani Cabernet Sauvignon. Yup, that's right a Cab! No new wood, the 2004 saw 2 years in used barrique and 2 years in b... Read More

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  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Barbera Alexander Valley 2006


    If you like Zinfandels this is the best one from a company that specializes in zinfandels. I just went to their wine tasting where the CEO presented five of his zinfandels to us and this was my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by cwallstar

  • Renato Ratti Barbera Barbera d'Alba Torriglione 2007


    This vintage is more powerful, has more body than the year 2004 which we have tasted before. It has a great fruity taste with some spices and a lovely fresh taste. This wine is superb to light Italian dishes. Read More

    Wine review by Tristan63

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007


    A great blend wine. It's very popular and easy to find and has become one of our favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Carl Ross

  • Midlife Crisis Nebbiolo Paso Robles 2006


    terrific potpourri meets jelly belly cotton candy nose with a touch of buttered popcorn. this wine is super light bodied. almost looks like a Rose. the mouthfeel is surprisingly full and creamy. bright acidity with a sour cherry cream pie profile. definitely one of the more unique wines I have had. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Ok, so I've already fallen well behind in posting my notes but let me tell you ... ... fruit and a great 2005 barbera from Castello del Verduno. I love Barbera and while this had seen a little new oak it worked spendidly, framing the pure violet and plum fruit and adding just a hint of sweetness that balanced the classic Barbera acidity perfe... Read More

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