Barbera

Barbera is a grape native to Piedmont, a cool region at the foot of the Italian Alps. It tends to produce fragrant wines of moderate weight with sharp acidity. As such, they work quite well at the table. Most Barberas will be labeled either Barbera d’Alba or Barbera d’Asti. Barbera from Alba is grown in the same general region as Barolo and Barbaresco, and the wines tend to have more power and weight than those grown in neighboring Asti. Additionally, they tend to share some of the same aromatic features as their more famous cousins, with a greater tendency toward the fruit spectrum of flavors. Earlier ripening than Nebbiolo, the varietal responsible for Barolo and Barbaresco, Barbera is planted in the parts of the vineyard that can’t ripen Nebbiolo: generally lower elevations and north facing slopes. While Barbaresco and Barolo are special occasion wines, Barbera can be viewed as a wine for all occasions and an excellent introduction to the style of the region.
Premier Producers
• Braida/Giacomo Bologna (Bricco dell’Uccellone, Ai Suma, & Bricco della Bigotta)
• Cascina Ballarin (Giuli)
• Enzo Boglietti (Vigna dei Romani)
• Ceretto (Piana)
• Michele Chiarlo (La Court)
• Domenico Clerico (Trevigne & Normale)
• Contratto (Solus AD & Panta Rei)
• Matteo Correggia
• Domenico Filippino
• Silvio Grasso
• Icardi (Suri di Mu)
• Gianluigi Lano
• Franco Martinetti (Montruc)
• Fratelli Monchiero
• La Morandina
• Giuseppe Rinaldi
• Albino Rocca
• Bruno Rocca
• Luciano Sandrone
• Paolo Scavino (Affinato in Carati)
• La Spinetta (Ca’ di Pian)
• Valdinera (Ca’ Rusa)
• Eraldo Viberti (Vigna Clara)

Great Producers
• Fratelli Abrigo
• Elio Altare
• Fratelli Boffa
• Michele Chiarlo (Valle del Sole)
• Cascina Chicco
• Fratelli Cigliuti
• Elvio Cogno (Bricco dei Merli)
• Giacomo Conterno
• Contratto (Bricco della Fanciullaccia)
• Coppo (Camp du Rouss & Avvocata)
• Corino
• Bruno Giacosa
• Carlo Giacosa (Lina)
• Fratelli Giordano
• Giribaldi
• Fratelli Grasso
• Manzoni (La Serra)
• Carlo Marenco (Vigna Sesto)
• Rino Martinengo (Bricco del Donnaiolo)
• Franco Martinetti (Bric dei Banditi)
• Stefanino Morra (Castellinaldo)
• Andrea Oberto (Giada & Vigneto Boiolo)
• Elvio Pertinace (La Vinia)
• Prunotto (Pian Romualdo)
• Rocche Costamagna (Annunziata & Rocca della Rocche)
• Paolo Scavino (Normale)
• La Sera (Il Cielo)
• Enrico Serafino
• GD Vajra

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