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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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of ... serious, dark grapes.Oh, and Bonarda and Charbono - often mislabeled as each other.I would imagine that Ruché is the least common in the US. Back in the 90s there was a wine store near home that always carried it and it thought it was pretty common but it was only ... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Reserva 2007


    Hmmm, boy this is good. A dark inky purple in the glass. Deep dark berry fruit, lush and rich on the nose with oak, plum and licorice. On the tongue there is flushing tannins that are gripping and do indeed pull the fruit to the mid-palate. There develops a sweet dark cherry backdrop and lively acidity that makes this a bountiful wine. This is a... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Kaiken Terroir Series Mendoza 2013


    Thick blackberry notes carry a hint of cocoa and plenty of fresh baking spice on the nose. Explosive and juicy in the mouth, this is a bold wine thats equal parts fruity, floral and earthy, with dusty rose petal, deep blackberry and currant, and a zesty finish of cinnamon, clove and black pepper. A fantastic selection for grilled meat dishes of ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Aconga Bonarda-Merlot 2014


    Smooth - excellent taste and price. Read More

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  • 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

  • Tilia Bonarda 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Colonia las Liebres Bonarda Argentina 2012


    Deep ruby color, This wine is a very frutal one, with a hint of roses in the nose. Médium body, Read More

    Wine review by vgiroveanu

  • Conquista Red Blend Oak Cask 2013


    The '13...A great full bodied red,that is quite smooth with medium tanins and a bit more spice than fruit. Perfectly complemented the sirlion tip kebobs with skewers of onions, red Pepper, tomatillos and summer squash. Exceptional red table wine for the price I paid . Read More

    Wine review by Del Ojo Zafado

  • Zuccardi Bonarda Serie A 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Hola John: I am new here, and I wanted to let you know I have brought malbec, torontes and bonarda and carmeneter into our little cafe' here in the PNW; several of which have not been mentioned. So, here are 2 links for you to enjoy:Argentina Vino de Sol: : Malbec favs here [not in order] are Altacedro, K... Read More

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  • 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!

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  • 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...

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  • 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!

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