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'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get the flavor out of it.  They think it adds harsh tannins, etc.  (Generally, they also don't toast very much, either, so you would be getting unpolymerized wood tannins.)  They also insist that the wood for the b... Read More

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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2012


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    Wine review by anchca

  • G.d. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2011


    Nicely balanced. Slightly savory. Floral and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2011


    A bit hot. Popcorn, spice and vanilla. Minerals and earth. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Cantina di Casteggio Barbera Oltrepò Pavese 2011


    Wedding wine! Read More

    Wine review by robinhope

  • Breakups with boyfriends and guilty pleasures haven't quite been the same ... ... sauvignon, petite sirah, barbera and syrah. “And they are stunningly delicious,” special contributor Andy Perdue wrote.  “They might just be some of the best ice cream you'll ever taste.” Photo Credit:, Flicker Creative Commo Read More

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  • Fitting name, too.  Last night my niece stopped by.  We thought she ... my Perry Creek Altitude 2401 Barbera.&nbs Read More

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  • On Friday night, at my wife's dental office party, there was this Trapiche ... over and we started with the Barbera d'Alba (looking forward to JD's gift!), then the Burrowing Owl "Athene" (Syrah/Cab Sav ), both very nice and followed by the Trapiche.  Weird.  It was very boring and not much fruit.  Mildly reminiscent of Friday, but made me gla... Read More

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  • Emark, I was being tongue in cheek, of course.  I think those flash sites ... including the Briccotondo Barbera that sells for about $12.  In 1998, they were in a bit of a transition, so the vintage was started by one winemaker and finished by another, but marked the beginning of a part modernist/part traditionalist approach that would make an... Read More

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  • Conterno Barbera is one of three Barberas I'd go out on a financial limb for!  My problem is I drink Barbera thoughtlessly, although that one, Roberto's CF Barbera, and the Cogno pre-phylloxera (think about how old those vines are for a minute) made me think twice about Barbera as "pizza wine."  Bag that Uccellone stuff if you want to know what ... Read More

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  • Just bought an Umberto Fiore Barbera D'Alba 2003. The wine store owner is a friend and said if it was no good he would replace it with another wine. Does anyone have a comment on this vineyard and vintage?

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  • strange vine i've tasted tenutta careta , it needs at least one day after the opening to taste all flavors it can give.

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  • oh sorry i forgot to mention the fantastic barbera`s from my friend gianni abrigo from treiso loreto and mervisano

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  • barbera what a memories as a little boy growing up in piedmont,remember my granpa drinking barbera and playing boccie,that were the seventies many thing are changed in better barbara long time ago was a very cheap and modest wine then all sudden the mitical giacomo bologna ACTUALLY HE STARTED bottling barbera in 1961 when everybody sold barbera ...

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  • exelant barbera ansisia 2003

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  • Styxdvr: Try Boeger Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a much underated AVA. The area has many microclimate that are excellent for growing many varietals.

    Comment by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic

  • In reply to thewineattic on California barberas, the only domestic barbera I've found that I like is from Sunset Cellars: My favorite barberas are from Bruno Giacosa and the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Giada. The 2005 Giada is amazing, although it needs a good hour to breathe. I have not tried ...

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