Barbera

Red grape variety

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What is Barbera?

Barbera is a red grape variety from Italy, popular with producers and consumers alike for its adaptable, appealing persona, even if the grape is rarely associated with the most distinguished wines.
 

What does Barbera taste like? 

Barbera combines soft, juicy cherry fruit with tangy acidity. Some producers favour a richer style using new oak to add complexity and tannic structure. 

Where is Barbera from?

Barbera is mostly closely associated with Piedmont in north-west Italy, with particularly historic links to the hills of Monferrato, where the grape variety is documented as far back as the 13th century. 
 


Where does Barbera grow? 

Barbera is widely planted in Piedmont, the region associated with its finest expressions. However, the grape is common across Italy, most notably in Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese and the Colli Piacentini above Piacenza. In central and southern Italy, Barbera’s acidity is prized as a blending component. Barbera also has a long history in the Primorska coastal region of Slovenia. Further afield, Italian immigrants have transported the grape’s popularity abroad, with reasonable plantings in California, Argentina and Australia, as well as a growing niche in South Africa. 

Famous Barbera regions: 

  • Piedmont, Italy 
  • Oltrepò Pavese, Italy 

Anything else? 

Although Barbera has historically been used in Piedmont to add colour and softness to Nebbiolo, today its use is forbidden in this region’s two finest denominations, Barolo and Barbaresco.  

Our selection of great Barbera

  • Braida, Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont 
  • Vietti, Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont
  • Castello di Luzzano, Oltrepò Pavese & Colli Piacentini
  • First Drop, Adelaide Hills, Australia 

Country of origin: Italy
Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 6 to 39 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Barbera Amaro, Barbera A Raspo Verde, Barbera Dolce, Barbera Fina, Barbera Fine, Barbera Forte, Barbera Mercantile, Barbera Grossa, Barbera Noir, Barbera Vera, Barberone, Barbera Black, Barber A Raspo Rosso, Barbera Crna, Barbera D'Asti, Barbera A Peduncolo Rosso, Blaue Barbera, Barbera A Peduncolo Verde, Barbera Di Piemonte, Barbera Noire, Barbera Nostrana, Cosses Barbusen, Nigruz, Gaietto, Lombardesca, Sciaa

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2022 Bosco Donne Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Gianni Doglia
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14%
Bosco Donne Barbera d'Asti DOCG Red Wine
92
2022 La Rosa del Pozzo Langhe Rosato DOC
Cascina del Pozzo
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Barbera
13%
La Rosa del Pozzo Langhe Rosato DOC Rosé Wine
91
2022 Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14,5%
Barbera d'Asti DOCG Red Wine
90
2022 Malgrà - Bevicisù Piemonte Rosato DOC
Terre Miroglio
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Barbera
13%
Malgrà - Bevicisù Piemonte Rosato DOC Rosé Wine
90
2022 Serra de' Gatti Barbera d' Alba DOC
Cascina Val del Prete
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14%
Serra de' Gatti Barbera d' Alba DOC Red Wine
90
2022 La Leggenda Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Vinchio Vaglio
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
13,5%
La Leggenda Barbera d'Asti DOCG Red Wine
89
2022 Enzo Bartoli Piemonte Rosato DOC
MGM Mondodelvino
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Barbera
12%
Enzo Bartoli Piemonte Rosato DOC Rosé Wine
88
2022 Bricco Preje Piemonte Rosato DOC
Poderi dei Bricchi Astigiani
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Barbera
12,5%
Bricco Preje Piemonte Rosato DOC Rosé Wine
87
2021 Aves Barbera d'Alba DOC
Comm. G.B. Burlotto
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15%
Aves Barbera d'Alba DOC Red Wine
93
2021 Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
G.D. Vajra
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15%
Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC Red Wine
93
2021 Bric du Luv Barbera d' Alba DOC
Ca' Viola
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15,5%
Bric du Luv Barbera d' Alba DOC Red Wine
93
2021 Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba DOC
Vietti
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14%
Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba DOC Red Wine
93
2021 50 Vigne Vecchie Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Vinchio Vaglio
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14,5%
50 Vigne Vecchie Barbera d'Asti DOCG Red Wine
92
2021 Barbera d'Alba DOCG
Luciano Sandrone
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14%
Barbera d'Alba DOCG Red Wine
92
2021 Brua Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
Musso
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15%
Brua Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC Red Wine
92
2021 La Luna e i Falò Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCG
Vite Colte
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14,5%
La Luna e i Falò Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCG Red Wine
92
2021 Trevigne Barbera d'Alba DOC
Domenico Clerico
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15%
Trevigne Barbera d'Alba DOC Red Wine
92
2021 Barbera d'Alba DOC Ornati
Parusso
Italy
Barbera d'Alba,  Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14%
Barbera d'Alba DOC Ornati Red Wine
92
2021 Barbera d'Alba DOC
Massolino Vigna Rionda
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
14,5%
Barbera d'Alba DOC Red Wine
92
2021 Barbera D'Alba Superiore DOC
Réva
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Barbera
15%
Barbera D'Alba Superiore DOC Red Wine
91
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