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Barbera

Barbera is one of the most widely planted and important red grape varieties in the world. It is native to the Piedmont region in northwest Italy and is known for producing high-quality wines with good colour, aromas and taste profile.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Barbera grape is a dark-skinned variety that produces wines with a bright purple colour. On the nose, Barbera wines are intensely aromatic with notes of dark cherries, raspberries and other red fruit. On the palate, the wines are medium in body with juicy red fruit flavours, high acidity and supple tannins.

Fresh Barbera grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Barbera is grown in many regions of Italy, particularly in the Piedmont region where it is the most widely planted red grape variety. It is also grown in other Italian regions such as Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Sicily. Barbera is also grown in other countries such as Argentina, Chile, California and Australia. Barbera is a vigorous, high-yielding variety and is usually trained in the Guyot system. In Piedmont, it is traditionally grown on calcareous clay soils. In the vineyard, Barbera benefits from intense canopy management and green harvesting to reduce yields and improve quality. In the winery, Barbera is usually fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged, either in tank or in oak barrels. The style of Barbera produced in Piedmont is typically fuller bodied, with ripe, concentrated fruit flavours and high acidity, especially those from premium subzones. In other regions, such as Lombardy and central Italian regions, the wines are lighter and more easy-drinking. In California, Barbera is often blended with other varieties, such as Zinfandel and Syrah, to create more complex wines. Barbera is a versatile grape variety and pairs well with a variety of dishes. In Piedmont, the wines are traditionally paired with dishes like tajarin (a type of egg pasta), risotto and beef braised in Barolo. In other regions, Barbera pairs well with roast chicken, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.

Foods to pair with Barbera:

Beef
Pizza
Deep fried
Game
Pasta
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Barbera
Barbera has the highest natural acidity of any red grape variety, which makes it an ideal partner for rich foods like risotto, braised beef or rabbit.

Top Wines with Barbera

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Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme

Michele Chiarlo

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Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Italian winemaker Michele Chiarlo. This wine is made from Barbera grapes grown in the Asti appellation, which is known for its high-quality vineyards. The vineyards are located on hillsides with excellent exposure to the sun, which allows the grapes to ripen fully and develop complex flavors. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is rich and full-bodied, with a deep ruby color and intense aromas of red fruit and spices. It has a smooth and velvety texture, with a long and satisfying finish. Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme is a perfect choice for wine lovers who appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of Italian wines.
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Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba

Marchesi di Barolo

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Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Marchesi di Barolo winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wine is made from Barbera grapes grown in the Alba appellation, known for its ideal vineyard features such as the hilly terrain and the calcareous soil. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels for a few months. The resulting wine is a medium-bodied, ruby-red wine with a fruity aroma and a balanced acidity. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a popular choice among wine enthusiasts.
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Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe

Gaja

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Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe is a robust and complex red wine from the renowned Italian winemaker Gaja. This full-bodied blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes offers an intense bouquet of ripe dark fruits, sweet spices, and earthy undertones. On the palate, the wine is rich and intense with well-integrated tannins, a core of dark berry flavors, and a lengthy finish. Its bright acidity provides a refreshing balance to the ripe fruit, lending complexity to this elegant and structured red. Enjoy this wine with savory dishes such as grilled steak, mushroom risotto, and aged cheeses.
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G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso

G.D. Vajra

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G.D. Vajra's Langhe Rosso is a light-bodied Italian red blend from the Piedmont region. The blend consists of native varietals Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, giving it a bright and juicy flavor profile, with notes of ripe cherries and red berries. On the palate, the wine is soft and smooth, with a touch of spice and a hint of earthiness on the finish. The moderate acidity and light tannins make it the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats or a creamy pasta dish.
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Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba

Pio Cesare

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Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Pio Cesare winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wine is made from Barbera grapes grown in the Alba appellation, known for its ideal vineyard features such as the hilly terrain and the calcareous soil. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels to enhance the wine's complexity and depth. The resulting wine is a rich and full-bodied expression of Barbera, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of oak. Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba is a perfect choice for those seeking a high-quality Italian red wine with a distinct character and style.
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