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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  • Argentina

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

  • Spain

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

  • 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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  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Bodega La Azul

    La Azul is just a little winery that merges into the sky. Is our own home, warm and simple, where...

  • Finca El Origen

    Finca El Origen began in the 1990s, when Chile’s Carolina Wine Brands decided to expand its v...

  • Cheval des Andes

    A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux....

  • Loca Linda

    "Loca Linda" translates loosely to 'Crazy Beautiful.' We first heard the phrase while hanging wit...

  • Michel Torino

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

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • 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


  • Durigutti Bonarda 2008

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    A bonarda that delivers, as much as bonarda can. There's almost no bouquet, which may come as a relief for this varietal, and the rich taste of raspberry jam isn't overly blocked by the extant tannins. (AV 86, http://argovino.com/?p=232) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Tikal Patriota Mendoza 2010

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    A complex bouquet of ink, laundry detergent, and roses sets the stage for a ... a ... the sweetness of the bonarda is quite evident; the texture is still rather austere, though. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=56 Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • La Posta Bonarda 2010

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    Many bonardas have an attractive sweetness but are a little rough around the edges, and this one is no different. Theres a glimpse of cinnamon just as it touches the tongue, and the tannic edge makes a nice contrast for the fattiness of cured meats. (AV 86, http://argovino.com/?p=857) Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2011

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    An inky bouquet with whiffs of latex and wildflowers already makes this budget option hopes of being a stellar deal, and in the mouth its luscious and fruit-filled, the tannins still a bit rough, but the bitterness controlled. More intense than it has a right to be very drinkable now, perhaps even better in a year or two. Given the varietals, i... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


  • Altos las Hormigas Colonia las Liebres Bonarda 2012

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    Rather restrained as bonarda goes, without the explosion of sweet red fruit or the rustic feel in the mouth of other versions of the varietal. The upside is a subtle taste thats more red currants than strawberries and a lasting smoothness that makes it easier to pair. If youre looking for an alternative to pinot noir, worth a try. (AV 86, http:/... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


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