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Bonarda

Bonarda, or Bonarda Piemontese, is a native Italian red grape variety, known for its dark colour and powerful aromas. Grown in several regions across Italy, it produces wines with bold and juicy notes.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Bonarda grapes have a deep purple colour and a short, cylindrical shape. They have a thick skin and are low in acidity. The wines produced are usually full-bodied and have intense aromas of cherry and spices. On the palate, they offer flavours of ripe red and black fruits, along with notes of tobacco and herbal spices.

Fresh Bonarda grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Bonarda is widely grown in several regions of Italy, including Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and Veneto. It is also grown in Argentina, where it is known as Charbono. Bonarda is a vigorous grape variety, and requires careful canopy management and thinning. usually grown on pergolas and has a good resistance to diseases. The wines produced from Bonarda tend to be aged in stainless steel tanks or partially in oak. They were commonly blended with Nebbiolo in order to reduce its piercing acidity and high tannins. In Piedmont, Bonarda is blended with Nebbiolo and Barbera to produce the "Colline Novaresi" DOC, a full-bodied and structured red wine. Bonarda wines pair well with a wide variety of dishes. They are a great match for roasted meats, game dishes, and hard cheeses. They also pair well with tomato-based pasta dishes and pizza.

Foods to pair with Bonarda:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Bonarda
Before the phylloxera crisis in the 19th century, Bonarda was speculated to have accounted for 30% of the planting in Piedmont. Today there are probably less than 200 ha left.

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El Enemigo Bonarda

El Enemigo

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El Enemigo Bonarda is a captivating wine that showcases the best of Argentine winemaking. Produced in a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features unique characteristics that contribute to the wine's distinct flavor profile. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that is rich, full-bodied, and velvety on the palate. El Enemigo Bonarda embodies a style that is both elegant and powerful, making it a standout choice for wine enthusiasts. With its impressive quality and attention to detail, this wine is sure to impress and delight.
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Travaglini Gattinara

Travaglini

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The Travaglini Gattinara is an elegant and complex Italian red wine made from the Nebbiolo grape. It is full-bodied, yet light and graceful, with aromas of dried rose petals, dried cherry, and herbs, and flavors of fresh raspberry, rosemary, and tea. The tannins are firm yet velvety, giving the wine a long and balanced finish. Enjoy this wine now, or cellar for up to ten years for it to reach its peak.
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Alma Negra M Blend

Alma Negra

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Alma Negra M Blend is a premium wine produced by the Alma Negra winery, known for its exceptional quality and unique style. The grapes used in this blend are sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina, which are known for their high altitude and ideal growing conditions. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both complex and approachable. The style of Alma Negra M Blend is characterized by its rich, dark fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and smooth tannins. This wine is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a well-crafted, full-bodied red wine with a distinctive character.
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Tikal Patriota Malbec - Bonarda

Tikal

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Tikal Patriota Malbec - Bonarda is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Argentine winemaking. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Mendoza, this wine is a blend of Malbec and Bonarda grapes, resulting in a unique and flavorful profile. The vineyards where these grapes are grown benefit from the region's high altitude and optimal sun exposure, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes and gentle handling to preserve their natural flavors and aromas. The wine exhibits a rich and velvety texture, with notes of dark fruits, spices, and a hint of oak. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a bold and elegant red wine experience.
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La Stoppa

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La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso is a red wine produced by the renowned winery La Stoppa in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The wine is made from a blend of Barbera and Bonarda grapes grown in the vineyards located in the Colli Piacentini appellation. The vineyards are situated on hillsides with clay and limestone soils, which impart unique flavors and aromas to the wine. The winemaking process involves natural fermentation and aging in large oak barrels for 12 months, resulting in a wine with a complex and elegant character. The wine is known for its vibrant acidity, bright fruit flavors, and subtle tannins, making it a versatile pairing for a wide range of dishes.
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