Barbera, pronounced bar-BER-uh, was one of the great wine travesties of our time.
The increasing popularity and price of Nebbiolo wines, particularly Barolo and Barbaresco, saw old plantings of Barbera in the great sites ripped out and replanted to Nebbiolo.
There have been notable exceptions, Voerzio & Vietti, being two. When charged with ordering vine material to re-plant parts of the Scarrone vineyard by his father, Luca, being a little mischievous or perhaps simply strong in his convictions, instructed the nursery to send Barbera instead of Nebbiolo. He knew the vines would look similar in their youth! As they established his father identified them as Barbera, in a rage, he contacted the nursery – “Why had they sent Barbera vines not Nebbiolo?” The nursery presented him with an order for Barbera signed by Luca!
Where is it grown?
60% of Barbera, Italy’s 3rd most planted variety resides in Piedmont. Plantings exist in Lombady and Emilia-Romagna and some southern Italian sites. The areas North and South of Monforte d’Alba, including Voerzio’s planting, producing the best Italian Barbera.
What does it taste like?
Barbera has a vibrant red colour, fresh red berry aromas and flavours, is luscious, with fresh acidity and supple tannins. As it matures it develops earth and often truffled secondary characters. It is truly a thing of beauty when left to rest in a good cellar until maturity.
Like 2012, 2015 holds a sentimental spot in my heart, the year our 2nd daughter was born. 2015 Barbera's make me almost as happy as she does!Such Juicy Refinement$67ea in any 3+, $64ea in any 6+ $70.00 More Info
Cavallotto Barbera ‘Vigna del Cuculo’ 2015
I cracked a sample of this & placed an order after smelling it alone! FYI - The palate doesn't let you down either!Benchmark Barbera!🍇$58ea in any 3+, $55ea in any 6+ $61.00 More Info
Cesare Bussolo Barbera d’Alba ‘Vigna Santa Lucia’ 2015
- Bravo Valter!
This is a Demonstration in just how good Barbera can be. There is something very special about this wine.It draws you in!$95ea in any 3+, $90ea in any 6+ $100.00 More Info
Cogno Pre-phylloxera Barbera d’Alba 2015
- $47ea in any 3+, $45ea in any 6+ $49.00 More Info
Domenico Clerico Barbera ‘Trevigne’ 2015
Excellent fruit with loads of energy a lick of oak layered. Hint of mocha, zingy Barbara acid. Great fruit drive!Energy$40ea in any 3+, $38ea in any 6+ $42.00 More Info
Oddero Barbera Superiore 2016
Roberto loves Barbera so much that he only bottles his top wine in Magnums! Respect! This is a great intro to what he is capable of!Benchmark Barbera!$65ea in any 3+, $62ea in any 6+ $68.00 More Info
Roberto Voerzio Barbera d’Alba ‘Il Cerreto’ 2015
- BANG ON!
Year in year out Vajra make great wines, they seem to have a real touch for finding the sweet spot. The Langhe Rosso is the perfect intro to their wines.Oppulent, delicous, loads of personality!$33ea in any 3+, $31ea in any 6+ $35.00 More Info
Vajra Langhe Rosso 2017
The last bottle of this I had was a 2013 to start a Vietti Barolo session including Riservas from 1997 and 1982. It was one of the wines of the night.$105ea in any 3+, $100ea in any 6+ $110.00 More Info
Vietti Barbera ‘Vigna Vecchia Scarrone’ 2015
- WINE BITE
Roberto Voerzio Schools the Wine Decoded Community in Piedmont’s Red Varieties. Our 1st two orders sold out so we've got more!🇮🇹Explore Piedmonte's Reds🍇$167ea for 2+ 3-Packs, $159ea for 4+ $175.00 More Info
Wine Bite with Robert Voerzio! Piedmonte’s Reds 3-Pack 2015 2016