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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  • Fox, just had a Bieler rose about two weeks ago.  It was very nice for the ... Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda and the night before we enjoyed a 2011 Hillinger Zweigel Read More

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  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2009


    Big dark crushed cherry fruit with some nice spiceness, medium to light tannins and medium acidity. The syrah is more on the lighter side but definitely dominates the flavor profile. Not overly complex and a somewhat short finish but overall really good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Maipe Bonarda 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • La Posta del Vinatero Cocina-Tinto Blend 2011


    What a Beauty! Dark opaque Burgundy, Purple, Black color. Good enough to use for ink in my fountain pen.Earthy, spices, and jam tastes. Together they all worked well for me...$16 - what a steal, particularly compared to other bottles I have tried from Cameron Hughes & Naked Wines. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Alma Negra M Blend 2011


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    Wine review by knalselder

  • Alamos Red Blend 2012


    Wonderful body; balanced, smooth, great notes of spice, blackberry, cherries. Much more interesting than the Malbec--and I have drunk much of that. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67

  • Ichanka 2010


    what a wonderful ancient variety, warm, smooth, a smidge acrid, but with a sense of days gone by. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve Mendoza 2012


    Decent Malbec. Tannic, fruity, mild. Had with Ken at Anthem BOS in Dec 2013. Read More

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  • Elena Red Blend 2009


    I like it ! Read More

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  • Benmarco Malbec 2012


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