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Barbera

Barbera Grapes

Barbera is a red wine grape from Piemonte in Italy.

In Italy, Barbera is the the 4th most planted red grape after Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Merlot.

It is known for deep color, good body, low tannins and high acidity.

The Barbera grape probably originates from Monferrato. Papers from 1246, found in the Cathedral of Casale Monferrato, describes planting in the Monferrato vineyards.

The people of Piemonte have always enjoyed their famous tannic red wines Barolo, and Barbaresco. But their traditional everyday wines are Dolcetto and Barbera.

Both are light and soft and can be drunk young, due to nice acidity and soft tannins.

Barbera is the most-planted red grape variety in Piemonte.

When it comes to Barbera, there are two important areas (cities): Alba and Asti. The wines from Asti (Barbera d'Asti) tends to be fruitier and lighter than the wines from Alba (Barbera d'Alba).

The hills around Alba are famous for the production of Nebbiolo wines (Barolo and Barbaresco), and this reflects in Barbera d'Alba that tends get a little oak treatment during vinification.

DOC(G)

DOC(G)Spesification
Barbera d’Alba
DOC 1970
Communes in
Cuneo / Alba
85% Barbera
+ Nebbiolo
12.0% Alcohol
Barbera d’Alba Superiore
DOC 1970
Communes in
Cuneo / Alba
85% Barbera
+ Nebbiolo
12.5% Alcohol
Min 12 months Aging
4 months in Barrel
Barbera del Monferrato
DOC 1970
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
85% Barbera
+ Freisa, Grignolina, Dolcetto
12.0% Alcohol
No Minimum Aging
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
DOC 1970 - DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
85% Barbera
+ Freisa, Grignolina, Dolcetto
13.0% Alcohol
Min 14 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Barbera d’Asti
DOC 1970 - DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
90% Barbera
12.0% Alcohol
Min 4 months Aging
Barbera d’Asti Superiore
DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
90% Barbera
12.0% Alcohol
Min 14 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Langhe Barbera
DOC 1994
94 Communes in Cuneo
85% Barbera
12.0% Alcohol
Min 5 months Aging
Nizza
DOCG 2014
18 Communes in Asti
100% Barbera
13.0% Alcohol
Min 18 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Nizza Riserva
DOCG 2014
18 Communes in Asti
100% Barbera
13.0% Alcohol
Min 30 months Aging
12 months in Barrel

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