Bonarda

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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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Argentina

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

  • South America

  • Italy

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

  • 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...

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  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Marqués de Griñon

    The Marqués de Griñon estate, in the family since 1292, was the first in Spain to be granted its ...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas El Nido

    Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, S...

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • Alma Negra Red Blend 2003

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    The shelf talker for this one said something to the effect of: "Our distributor hyped the shit out of this wine. Like Pavlov's dog, we were blown away. Our hasty decision = your purchase." I considered on my way out the door that, for $35, this wine was either going to fantastic, as this spikey-haired gentleman suggested:http://thespiderking.com... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Martilde Bonarda Ghiro Rosso 2000

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    Ottimo vino dai sentori di liquirizia e rosa canina.Resiste all'invecchiameno, degustazione 12/01/2008 Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Tenuta Mazzolino Bonarda Oltrepò Pavese 2006

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    i hold this up against the only other bonarda i had, and it was from argentina and that one was full, complex, and melts your heart good. This one is light with ripe berries and leaves me with nothing much else to say... Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Fattoria Cabanon Red Blend Oltrepò Pavese Vino del Bosco 2003

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    liked the 2003 better than the 2004 Read More

    Wine review by tommasol


  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Blend Enamore 2006

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    Intense!! Made with sun-dried grapes: 50% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 22$ Bonarda, and 3% Cab Franc. This is not for the faint of heart! Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Hey all. Just had a private tasting with a new wine company in Argentina and ... ... wine of the six. Mayol Bonarda: 100% Bonarda. Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Deep violet yet medium body. Raisin, plum and prune on the nose. Italian herbs and black fruits in the mouth. Firm tannins. *This was the first time I had tasted a Bonarda varietal. It's eas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Argentinian Tasting


  • Sediento Malbec Bonarda Argentina 2007

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    Serious value here. I paid $9.99 at a Cost Plus. Interesting blend. On the onset it is a pretty tight wine. Theres pure fruit on the nose. The palate is loaded with red cherry and plum. I revisted it after an hour and it had definetly mellowed out - in a good way. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Baron


  • Durigutti Bonarda 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by davincitx


  • Críos Syrah-Bonarda Dominio del Plata Vino Tinto Argentina 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by davincitx


  • Balbo Bonarda-Malbec 2006

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    Wine review by mcmac33


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