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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  • Sur de Los Andes Mendoza Reserva Bonarda 2005


    Amazingly delicious, and great for the price. Smooth with a kicking aftertaste that lasts! Read More

    Wine review by Echoes27

  • Alma Negra Malbec Sparkling Rosé 2006


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    Wine review by thscales

  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2004


    This one is very pleasant and satisfying. The best Bonarda I've tried. Read More

    Wine review by xicablu

  • Hello,Just wondering what everyone thinks is the best varietal that goes with Indian foods (curry, etc.)? Any specific recommendations? Thank you! Read More

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  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006


    Very soft and smooth despite high alcohol content. Purple-ruby color with a tinge of maroon at the edges. Nose opens up with aeration, definitely vanilla and hoisin/Asian spice notes on nose and palate. Creamy with fig and dried fruit palate (no cherry/raspberry) and nice long finish. Went well with grilled chicken and veggies. A little heavy on... Read More

    Wine review by Val13

  • Don Cristobal 1492 Bonarda 2008


    Excellent red wine with slight woody taste but is offset by its wonderful fruity flavors, not too sweet or dry. Perfect for newcomers to red wine. Read More

    Wine review by mindfulness

  • Summer is my favorite season for many reasons but chief among them is the ... ... Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2006With a nice burger you really want a fairly fruity, simple wine with good acidity. Something that is fun to drink and rewarding without requiring too much effort to understand. The 2006 Crios Syrah/Bonarda, round and polish... Read More

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  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2006


    Big plummy and earthy fruit tones on the nose with a touch of wet fur and some spice and herb stem tones, almost thyme some soapy floral notes too, round and polished in the mouth with some aggressive, extracted tannins, nice acidity yields a slightly rustic wine but the intensity of the flavors matches the wines red plummy fruit, a touch simple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tikal Malbec Blend Patriota 2006


    What's New in Booze - 9.2 out of 10The Medoza region is somewhat pf an oasis, ... ... also located in Mendoza. Bonarda is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina and when blended with the fuller-bodied Malbec you are in for quite a treat. This blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec offers aromas of bright cherry and red fruit with dark ... Read More

    Wine review by WhatsNewinBooze

  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2007


    Color: deep strong redNose: Green Pepper / raspberryMedium body Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

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