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Friendly, approachable and full of juicy red fruit, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera, but it is also planted in a few nearby Italian provinces and remains one of the most widely planted varieties in the country. Barbera actually can adapt to many climates and enjoys success in California—particularly in the Sierra Foothills—and some southern hemisphere wine regions.

Tasting Notes for Barbera

Barbera is a dry, red wine typically marked by flavors of red cherry, raspberry or blackberry. Warmer sites produce Barberas with intensely ripe fruit and complex notes of cocoa, savory spice, anise and nutmeg. Cooler sites will produce a lighter Barbera with more finesse and intriguing notes of cranberry, graphite, smoke, lavender and violet.

Perfect Food Pairings for Barbera

Barbera’s prominent acidity makes it a natural match with tomato-based dishes, so it an easy pairing with a wide array of Italian cuisine. It works just as well with lighter red meat dishes, hamburgers or barbecue.

Sommelier Secrets for Barbera

In the past it wasn’t common or even accepted to age Barbera in oak but today both styles—oaked and unoaked—abound, at least in Piedmont. In fact, many Piedmontese producers today still make a deliciously pure, fruity and unoaked version, intended for earlier consumption. The wine world didn't realize Barbera's potential until Giacomo Bologna's debut of the barrique-aged Barbera called Bricco dell’Uccellone in Asti in the 1960s. Many of the better bottlings of Piemontese Barbera can age gracefully for 10-15 years or more.

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    Andis Barbera 2018
    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
    Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
      Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2019
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
      Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2018  Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2018
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2020  Front Label
        Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2020
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
          Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2020
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2019  Front Label
            Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2019
            Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
            Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
              Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018  Front Label
                Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018
                Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
                Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2018
                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018  Front Label
                  Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018
                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato 2020  Front Label
                    Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato 2020
                    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
                      G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2020
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018  Front Label
                        La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018
                        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                        Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018
                        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
                          Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2019
                          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2017  Front Label
                          Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2017
                          Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
                            Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019
                            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2020  Front Label
                              Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2020
                              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
                              Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2020
                              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
                                Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2020
                                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2020  Front Label
                                  G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2020
                                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
                                    Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2019
                                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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