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...

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  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • 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 Muriel

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

    Juan Gil winery is located in the heart of the vineyard, in the north hillside De Cerezo which be...

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • Alamos Red Blend 2010


    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


    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


    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


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

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Mendoza 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by TheGreyFox

  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by groovebug2

  • Familia Zuccardi Bonarda Serie A 2009


    Eucalyptus accent on the nose. The nose is also quite earthy. The color of this wine is notable and gets your attention. It's a very deep, dark almost violet/black. On the palate there are dark, overripe fruits. Mainly black cherry but with a touch of cassis. The tannins don't show up until the finish but when they do they grab and pull y... Read More

    Wine review by Onin24eagle

  • Albani Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda 2008


    Amazing taste and structure Read More

    Wine review by Pierino

  • Ichanka Bonarda


    No written review

    Wine review by elaschukj

  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2009


    Had it at a party. Fruity and a little spicy, smooth and easy to drink. Cannot go wrong with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by shsim

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