Bonarda

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

Parentage of the grape: whoever it is, it has some ‘splaining to do

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 Read more »

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  • South America

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Spain

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  • La Rioja

    La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in ...

  • Valle de Uco

    Valle de Uco is a wine region within Mendoza, all part of the Cuyo province in Argentina. Much ...

  • Colonia

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of t...

  • Oltrepò Pavese

      Oltrepo Pavese, which means “Pavia across the Po,” is a region in Lombardy, in northern It...

Popular Wineries using Bonarda

  • Michel Torino

    The Winery was founded in 1892 when the French brothers David and Salvador, planted the first vin...

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • San Huberto

    Devoted to maintain its leadership in the category of the great wines and thus keep an internatio...

  • Vina Cremaschi Furlotti

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Walnut Crest

    Rafael and José Guilisasti were visionaries in the late 1990s when they saw that the market was b...

  • Sant Ema

    In 1917 a young Pedro Pavone-Voglino left his homeland in Italy’s Piamonte wine region and emb...

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • Argento Bonarda 2012

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    I just tried this wine tonight and is now one of my FAVS! Delish and very resonable. Enjoyed it with chicken , but will try it with beef next! Yummy! Reminds me a California wine called Bear flag...soooo good Read More

    Wine review by stephaniedawne


  • Alamos Red Blend 2012

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    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Today we are faced with an ever expanding selection of wine we might know ... ... ... 13.5% $12 Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo Low herbal and a bit spicy on the nose with note of blueberries and raspberries competing for one’s attention with some vanilla and wood toast notes.  rather light and bright on entry, then this takes on a bit of weight... Read More

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  • Alamos Red Blend 2012

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    Malbec, Bonarda, TempranilloLow herbal and a bit spicy on the nose with note of blueberries and raspberries competing for ones attention with some vanilla and wood toast notes. rather light and bright on entry, then this takes on a bit of weight on the mid-palate where it shows off chunky, plump but not heavy blueberry and blackberry flavors fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2011

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    Wine review by NiagaraWiner


  • Piazzolla Bonarda 2011

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    This might be named after Astor Piazzolla, the great Argentine musician. It is my first Bonarda, and is well worth the bargain price. Smooth and mellow, with woody tannins and a dash of sugary sweetness, and a warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Lusenti la Picciona Bonarda 2003

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    Enjoyed this raisinated, Amaroni-like deep stone-fruit red at Lupa. Great age on this 10-year-old. Good tannins, complex and structured. Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers


  • Hacienda San Martin Malbec Bonarda 2011

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    Blueberry here, some raspberry and light smoky hints.Silky at beginning, then tannins come and bright aftertaste at the end. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2010

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    Juicy, hot, nice fruity finish. [From "Red Blends" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 21 July 2012.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • La Posta Malbec Cocina 2008

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    The strong aroma of plum enhances the dark nose, though the flavor is more about crisp red cherry and a touch of tannin, all rendered a little hotter by the alcohol. (AV 85, http://argovino.com/?p=495) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


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