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The barbera

″Barbera Grapes, Barbera Wine″

" Barbera is the signature grape of Piedmontese winemaking, accounting for half of the vineyards in the region, and on the national level, is second only to Sangiovese. No other Italian wine has enjoyed the growing popularity of this historic and promising red in recent years. It is generally accepted that grapes, more than any other fruit, convey the flavours of the earth they grow in when fermented. Barbera accomplishes even more, expressing the character of the men who cultivate it: stubborn, sometimes rough, but consistent, open and generous, devoted to tradition yet open to the innovations that permit the untrammelled expression of its uniqueness. The fortunes of this great strain of grapes began taking an upward turn at the start of the twentieth century, but detailed studies already described it as a premium variety in ampelographic surveys dating back to the seventeen hundreds. Today, Barbera is considered the Piedmontese wine of the third millennium, destined to challenge the international oenological establishment. Along with Nebbiolo, it is certainly representative of Piedmont's traditions, particularly those rooted in the area of the hills south of Asti, at the border between the Monferrato and Langhe regions

Where does great Barbera come from?

From the vineyards, of course: it is there that great wines are produced. A wine's stature always depends on the characteristics of its territory, of its vineyard, expressed in the ripeness of the grapes, and the vintner, whose skill transforms the grapes into wine through fermentation, thus preserving all the flavours and aromas that impart elegance and produce satisfaction. Traditionally, Barbera was allowed to mature in great wooden casks, while recently oak barriques have provided a popular alternative. Oxygen passes through the oak staves of the small casks, penetrating into the wine and developing tannins and anthocyanins, which make the wine smoother and more suitable for aging. Today, a great wine must be intense and full-bodied, smooth and elegant, but above all it must have a well-defined origin, an important tradition and it must transmit to the drinker the legacy of the farming life. This is the character of Barbera, and it finds its greatest expression in its homeland, Piedmont.