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Bonarda is actually a name given to a handful of distinct grape varieties, mainly originating in Italy, but also growing in popularity in Argentina. However, DNA profiling shows that what the Argentine people have named Bonarda, is actually identical to California’s Charbono—and Charbono is actually a grape called Douce Noire from Savoie, a mountainous wine region in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes of eastern France.

In Italy, in Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese and Emilia Romagna’s Colli Piacentini zones, the grape called Bonarda is not Bonarda at all but instead, Croatina. In Novara, Bonarda Novarese, used to ease the tannins of Spanna (Nebbiolo), is actually Uva Rara.

Tasting Notes for Bonarda

Bonarda is a dry red wine, in all of its iterations. The Argentine wine called Bonarda is typically linear, somewhat complex and loaded with black fruit. California Charbono has a beautifully concentrated deep magenta color and presents lively and juicy red fruit, spice and a pleasant grip in the finish. The wines labeled as Bonarda from Oltrepò Pavese are spicy, medium to light bodied and full of both red and black fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bonarda

Try Bonarda with grilled salmon, seared ahi, teriyaki chicken, pork loin and vegetarian stuffed peppers.

Sommelier Secrets for Bonarda

Bonarda Piemontese, an aromatic variety, is the only true Bonarda. Before phylloxera, it covered 30% of Piedmontese vineyard acreage.

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  • Zuccardi Emma Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    Zuccardi Emma Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Shypoke Le Corbeau 2015  Front Label
    Shypoke Le Corbeau 2015
    Bonarda from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Folk Machine Charbono 2015 Front Label
    Folk Machine Charbono 2015
    Bonarda from North Coast, California
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  • Tilia Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    Tilia Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • El Enemigo  Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    El Enemigo Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tercos Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    Tercos Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Ruca Malen Yauquen Bonarda 2015 Front Label
    Ruca Malen Yauquen Bonarda 2015
    Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Durigutti Bonarda 2015 Front Label
      Durigutti Bonarda 2015
      Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Castello di Luzzano Carlino Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda 2015 Front Label
        Castello di Luzzano Carlino Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda 2015
        Bonarda from Lombardy, Italy
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        • Altos las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2015 Front Label
          Altos las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2015
          Bonarda from Argentina
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        • Maipe Reserve Bonarda 2015 Front Label
          Maipe Reserve Bonarda 2015
          Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Markham Charbono 2015  Front Label
            Markham Charbono 2015
            Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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            • Jeff Runquist R Charbono 2015  Front Label
              Jeff Runquist R Charbono 2015
              Bonarda from Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Santa Giustina Colli Piacentini Bonarda 2015 Front Label
                Santa Giustina Colli Piacentini Bonarda 2015
                Bonarda from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                • Durigutti Aguijon de Abeja Bonarda 2015 Front Label
                  Durigutti Aguijon de Abeja Bonarda 2015
                  Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Finca Las Moras Bonarda 2015  Front Label
                    Finca Las Moras Bonarda 2015
                    Bonarda from San Juan, Argentina
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                    • Jon Nathaniel Goliath Napa Valley Charbono 2015  Front Label
                      Jon Nathaniel Goliath Napa Valley Charbono 2015
                      Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Azienda Agricola Vercesi del Castellazzo Oltrepo Pavese Luogo della Milla Bonarda 2015 Front Label
                        Azienda Agricola Vercesi del Castellazzo Oltrepo Pavese Luogo della Milla Bonarda 2015
                        Bonarda from Lombardy, Italy
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                        • Passionate Wines Via Revolucionaria Bonarda Pura 2015 Front Label
                          Passionate Wines Via Revolucionaria Bonarda Pura 2015
                          Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                          • Bodega Chakana Maipe Reserve Bonarda 2015 Front Label
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                            Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                              Don Cristobal Bonarda 2015
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                              • Santa Julia Alambrado Gran Seleccion Bonarda 2015  Front Label
                                Santa Julia Alambrado Gran Seleccion Bonarda 2015
                                Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                                • Artezin Heitz Ranch Charbono 2015  Front Label
                                  Artezin Heitz Ranch Charbono 2015
                                  Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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