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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  • Ben Marco Expresivo Mendoza 2005


    Awesome and at the higher end of the value Argentine blend price point. ... ... the blend is:55% Malbec15% Bonarda10% Cabernet Sauvignon10% Syrah10% MerlotUnbelievable balance of flavors, with the depth, color and backbone that Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon contribute, as well as the refined tannins, aromas and berry goodness (and great acidit... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2006


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    Wine review by donccpa

  • HI y'all,I'm new to Snooth and and I have question. For christmas my husband ... and our favorite in England, Bonarda Dolce from Tuscany, Italy. It tasted like grape juice but fizzy and yummy. So, naturally, the Bartenura was well received by our family and friends. My problem is that in the small village, were we currently reside, it is almo... Read More

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  • Hello - I just joined the site and have a question.My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful trip through the Piemonte region. I have been pulling my hair out trying to find some bottles of the lovely Barbera's we were drinking over there.They were called Barbera d'Monferrato -- and they had wonderful "frizzante" bubbles (not like Cham... Read More

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  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2006


    Fruit-forward with lush plum and berry fruit. Smooth, soft, round mouthfeel ... ... that is made from purely bonarda and it reminded me quite a bit of some malbec based wines that I have tried from South Americ Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Notro Tinto de Montana 2007


    This wine reminded me a lot of Chianti, no doubt due to the 50% sangiovese in the blend. This wine has a light body and features red fruit flavors including cherry. Tannins were pretty easy and the acidity adds nice sharpness. I think that this wine would pair nicely with a vast array of dinner options. Not overly complex, but an excellent v... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Alma Negra Red Blend 2003


    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: Read More

    Wine review by redatom

  • Martilde Bonarda Ghiro Rosso 2000


    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


    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 Oltrepò Pavese Boisée 2003


    liked the 2003 better than the 2004 Read More

    Wine review by tommasol

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