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...

Popular Wineries using Bonarda

  • Marqués de Griñon

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

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas El Nido

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • 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


  • Michel Torino Altimus 2010

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    The nose showed intense dark fruits, spiced cookie and rosemary with an undercurrent of dusty stone and minerals. On the palate this was rich yet detailed and structured with flavors of ripe, dark fruits followed by hints of herbs and cranberry carrying through the cheek-puckering finish. The balance of ripe fruit and structure here is stunning ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • In case you missed out on our most recent Virtual Tasting, we enjoyed a stellar ... ... including Torrontes and Bonarda, but inevitably focusing on the wine that made Argentina famous: Malbec. And what better way to celebrate Malbec World Day this year than with a bottle of Argentine wine? Here's a little tidbit of vinous trivia to get you in ... Read More

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  • Michel Torino Altimus 2010

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    very dark in color, dark berry notes on the nose with a bit of spice and lovely balanced with nice complexity Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


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