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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, making 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 Piemontese 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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  • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2016 Front Label
    Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2016
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2018
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015
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    Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2016
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
    Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2017 Front Label
    Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2017
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
      Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2018
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      • McManis Family Vineyards Barbera 2016 Front Label
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        • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2017 Front Label
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          • Terra d'Oro Barbera 2017  Front Label
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            Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
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            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2017 Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2017
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina 2013 Front Label
            La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina 2013
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2014  Front Label
              G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2014
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2016  Front Label
              Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2016
              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2015  Front Label
                Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2015
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                Barbera from Alba, 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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                • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
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                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2017 Front Label
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                • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016  Front Label
                  Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016
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                • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018  Front Label
                  Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018
                  Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                      Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2017
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