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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  • Fratelli Monchiero Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2006


    2006 Barbera dAlba Superiore Undergoes 10-12 day fermentation, malo in stainless then into newer botteVery balsamic at first and full of dark fruit with a wild black berry background note. There is a touch of raw wood and quince with a light top note of green flowers. Fresh in the mouth with cutting acids, there is a bit of a granular quality t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Palladino is not a name familiar to most American buyers of the wines of ... ... freshly opened bottles.2005 Barbera dAlba Superiore Bricco delle OliveFrom 45-year-old vines, fermented for about 3 weeks in stainless steel then transferred to 500L Tonneaux for 12 months. The Tonneaux are refreshed once after 3 years, and then changed out.This o... Read More

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  • Palladino Barbera D"alba Superiore Bricco Delle Olive 2005


    From 45-year-old vines, fermented for about 3 weeks in stainless steel then ... acidic bite I look for in Barbera. There are nice red fruits and the feeling is very pure and fresh with cleanly presented red cherry and lingonberry fruit tones that lead to a finish with a touch more assertive acids and some red plum skin tones. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Boggy Creek Vineyards Barbera King Valley 2005


    A great wine. The winery says "The wine presents with rich herbal, cherry and ... the ideal description of a Barbera wine to me. When you taste the wine you will see that they are right Read More

    Wine review by darby

  • Fratelli Revello Barbera d'Alba 2006


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    Wine review by kcovo

  • Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margharita 2005


    This Barbera has good italian character, is not too new world, and is reasonably priced. It drinks pretty well but has some fine tanins on the top of the palate which I did not expect. Good with creamy cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by hobo636

  • 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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