Common synonyms: Croatina, Bonarda Piemontese, Uva Rara, Bonardo Novarese

History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s Bonarda is another person’s Charbono. The story begins in Italy, where this grape has three offshoots: The Bonarda grape planted in north central Italy in Otrepo Pavese and Colli Piacentini is known there as Croatina. When one sees “Bonarda” on an Italian wine, chances are it is this grape, which originated in Croatia, hence the name. Then there is the Bonarda known as Uva Rara (Bonardo Novarese) grown in Piedmont. Finally, the Bonarda known as Bonarda Piemontese, which is also from Piedmont, but very rarely seen, however, this is considered the “true” Bonarda.

A grape known as Bonarda has become one of the top two most popular red grapes in Argentina (next to Malbec). However, that grape is believed to really be Charbono (Corbeau in France), and not related to the Italian Read more »

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  • Villa Maggi Bonarda Amabile NV


    I bought this bottle of wne from a shop close to the hotel I stayed at when I attended my nephew's wedding to an Italian girl in Tuscany in the summer. It is from the DOC of Oltrepo Pavese which was created n 2010 for wines made in an area south of the river Po in the province of Pavia. My bottle is made from the bonardo grape,a grape common in ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • La Puerta Alta Famatina Valley Argentina 2017


    very nice blend, smooth and pleasant.very likely to become sublime with aging. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • La Puerta Alta Red Blend Argentina 2016


    a wonderful organic wine. Here's hoping that more estates will embrace the organic community. This Blend was just perfect, very hard to not drink the whole bottle in one siting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Finca Wolffer Rose 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by lpearle

  • Several bottles showed up today:3 from Australia - L - Best's Great ... this iconic blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, selling it to the best restaurants in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. This is an honest, authentic re-imagining of a blend that highlights Malbec's delicious fruit, with Bonarda's slightly rustic brawn and Petite V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Tenuta Sant'Antonio Campo Dei Gigli Amarone Della Valpolicella 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Nuna Bonarda Lujan de Cuyo 2015


    Dry, tarry and earthy with a hidden fruit note of blackberry. Tart and floral on the palate with a chunky blackberry note and a bit of sharp acidity, burnt espresso and black olive on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Durigutti Bonarda Mendoza 2015


    Dusty fall leaves and blackberry aromas with light floral notes. Tart and juicy red fruit notes of cherry and strawberry on the palate, easy drinking and a bit chunky with medium acidity and a finish of light flower petal and perfume. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec Bonarda 2016


    Chunky cherry and red currant aromas with a touch of savory minerality, put together this presents an interesting fruit and floral mixture on the nose. A bit flabby on the palate with black cherry fruit and an earthy, tart finish with rough tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Zuccardi Serie a Bonarda Mendoza 2015


    Good rich raspberry and red currant aromas. A bit chunky on the palate with blueberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, pleasant balanced tannins and a mellow earth and flower petals emerging on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Aconga Bonarda/Merlot 2014 is fantastic. Since discovering it a few months ago, it is the only wine I have been drinking. Excellent taste and at a good price. I highly recommend this wine.

    Comment by 1915619Snoother 1915619 1915619 Snoother 1915619

  • Bonarda is a real Argentinean PowerHouse! Check out the Caligoire Reserve Organic Bonarda for one packed with flavor for a great value price! It has this great Cherry Cola note that you will love!

    Comment by 282534cjcribb 282534 cjcribb

  • I am in the Military and when I was in Germany I bought some wine and it was the best I have ever tasted. I saved the bottle for my retirement ceremony. I loved it more now than I did when I bought it in 2006. I toaseted with several other friends and they wanted more, but I only had the one bottle. I would like to know how I can get a coup...

    Comment by 518821cjscrapy 518821 cjscrapy

  • According to their website, the Julia Wine #16 is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Bonarda blend whereas their #18 is straight Bonarda. I'm trying a bottle tonight!

    Comment by 278747Evelyn64 278747 Evelyn64

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