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Langhe DOC Barbera (Italy)

Langhe DOC red wines are made from Nebbiolo, Dolcetto or Barbera.

It is up to each producer to decide the mixing ratio of the grapes.

Langhe DOC Barbera must contain at least 85% Barbera grapes.

Typical Flavors


Red Currant
Red Currant
Raspberry
Raspberry
Cherry
Cherry
Plum
Blackberry

Mineral
Minerals
Herbs
Herbs
Roses
Roses
Spices
Spices

Red Berry flavors are typical for Langhe Barbera.

Hints of Minerals, Herbs, Roses, and Spices.

Langhe Barbera Profile

Langhe Barbera has high acidity, good fruit aromas, and little tannins:

BODYMedium - Light
TANNINSMedium - Low
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Mushroom
Mushroom
Truffle
Truffle

Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Sausages
Sausages
Salami
Salami

Ham
Ham
Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork

Berry aromas, good acidity and light tannins make Langhe Barbera a perfect food wine.

It pairs well with rich foods, meats, and earthy mushrooms, as well as with lighter types of grilled meat, pasta and tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Risotto. Mushroom. Truffle.
Pasta Bolognese. Spaghetti Carbonara.
Pizza. Tomato Sauces.
Smoked Ham. Prosciutto. Salami.
Grilled Meat. Chicken. Rabbit. Pork.
Meatballs. Sausages.

Cheese:
Medium Cheeses.
Fontina. Taleggio. Briscola.

Piemonte Spesialities:
Osso Buco.
Stewed Rabbit.
Risotto al Tartufo Bianco (White Truffles).
Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil.

If You Like Langhe Barbera

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Burgundy glass is perfect for a light and fruity red wine.

The glass is broader than other red wine glasses.

The larger bowl has the function of accumulating the aromas of delicate red wines. It also allows a proper swirling, channeling aromas upward.

In addition, the style of the glass directs the wine to the tip of your tongue for a better reception of the tastes.

Langhe DOC (1994)

The Langhe DOC area extends the geographical Langhe area in Piemonte.

It was established to prevent quality wines (that did not meet existing DOC requirements) to be categorized as table wine. The DOC also defines a number of French grapes.

These "Super Piemonteses" are a close parallel to the "Super Toscans" in Toscana.

Langhe DOC Red Wines

DOCDescription
RossoAny mix of the grapes below
BarberaMin 85% Barbera
Cabernet SauvignonMin 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
DolcettoMin 85% Dolcetto
FreisaMin 85% Freisa
MerlotMin 85% Merlot
NebbioloMin 85% Nebbiolo
Pinot NeroMin 85% Pinot Noir

Langhe DOC White Wines

DOCDescription
BiancoAny mix of the grapes below
ArneisMin 85% Arneis
ChardonnayMin 85% Chardonnay
FavoritaMin 85% Favorita
NascettaMin 85% Nascetta
RieslingMin 85% Riesling
RossesseMin 85% Rossesse
SauvignonMin 85% Sauvignon Blanc

Langhe DOC Rosato

DOCDescription
RosatoMin 60% Barbera, Dolcetto, and/or Nebbiolo

Famous Italian Grapes

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.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions:

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