Barbera: An Italian Red Grape Grown in Piedmont, Italy

Thin-skinned barbera is the most widely-planted grape variety in Piedmont and the fourth most popular in Italy after sangiovese, catarratto and trebbiano toscano. While wines are made in a range of styles, they generally offer low tannins, very high acidity and sharp, often sour cherry and red fruit flavors complemented by earthy overtones.

Barbera’s trademark high acidity makes it pair exceptionally well with food, particularly rich and hearty fare.

Map of Italy's wine regions

Map of Italy’s wine regions

About the Italian region of Piedmont (Piemonte)

Piedmont is definitely the Italian region most prized by wine collectors as overall quality and consistency is very high. While the stratospheric prices of world-class Barolo and Barbaresco wines might keep them out of reach, there are many nebbiolo bargains to be had, particularly outside of the core Langhe zone in below-the-radar denominations north of the Po river. Further, we encourage you explore the complete landscape of red wines where there are many exciting options: the light freisa, the food-friendly barbera and the fruit-forward dolcetto.

Although vastly unappreciated, Piedmont is also home to impressive white wines that hit attractive price points. Look to arneis, erbaluce, nascetta and timorasso for something new.


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