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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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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2018  Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Barbera from Alba, 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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    • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2018
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
        G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2016  Front Label
          Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2016
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
            Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2018
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2016  Front Label
            Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2016
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2017  Front Label
            Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2017
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2017  Front Label
            Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2017
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018  Front Label
            Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018
            Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
              Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2019
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015  Front Label
              Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017  Front Label
              Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017  Front Label
                G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2019  Front Label
                Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2019
                Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2018  Front Label
                  Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2018
                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2017
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Enrico Serafino Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                    Enrico Serafino Barbera d'Alba 2018
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
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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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                      • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
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                      • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
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                        • Tenuta L'Illuminata Colbertina Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                          Tenuta L'Illuminata Colbertina Barbera d'Alba 2018
                          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2017
                            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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