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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  • 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

  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Blend Enamore 2006


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by davincitx

  • Críos de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda Mendoza 2005


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    Wine review by davincitx

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