Bonarda

Common synonyms: Croatina, Bonarda Piemontese, Uva Rara, Bonardo Novarese

Parentage of the grape: whoever it is, it has some ‘splaining to do

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 Read more »

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  • Italy

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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

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  • Familia Zuccardi Bonarda Serie A 2009

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    Argentinean Bonarda is actually not Bonarda, but Charbono (aka Corbeau), a grape that originated in Southeastern France. This particular one is bright and food-friendly. Read More

    Wine review by Mike Madaio


  • Vistalba Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Bonarda Corte A 2007

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    Wine review by matpadua


  • Alamos Red Blend 2010

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    Wine review by ceekaynj


  • Montepio Syrah Bonarda 2010

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    nice berry aromas....full bodied with hints of cherry and plum... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • It's sangria weather here in CA and many other places.  What wine varietals (and specific brands) do you use to make sangria?I've experimented and found that better quality wines do not necessarily make better sangria.  The cheap ones tend to work better in my opinion, as well as making more sense of course.But what about varietals?  I have pers... Read More

    Forum post in the topic best wine for sangria?


  • Alamos Red Blend 2010

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    Consider a nice, gently grilled pork loin that has been marinated in garlic and herbs and is served with a light salsa of piquillo peppers. The simple fruitiness of the wine will work well with the gentle zing of the sauce and the fresh, pure flavors that this sort of dish produces. Read More

    Wine review by Mastadon


  • Alamos Red Blend 2010

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    Toasty and bright on the nose with wild, lightly jammy huckleberry and boysenberry aromas slathered over sweet, toasty oak. This is plump and rich with sweet wild berry fruit flavors supported by woody tannins that are a touch splintery. Theres plenty of toasty vanilla spice here, all helped out by the bright acidity. A bit simple but plum and f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Gobba Gutturnio DOC 2007

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    The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes clean aromas, mainly of fruit, such as black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and plum followed by hints of toffee. Good correspondence to the nose.The finish is persistent with flavors of raspberry and black cherry. Read More

    Wine review by twines


  • Notro Bodega Inv Sangiovese Blend Sangiovese-Bonarda 2010

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    big medium bodied wine...high in acidity...nice red cherry flavors Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Mendoza 2010

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    Wine review by TheGreyFox


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