Barbera d'Asti, Barbera d'Alba, Barbera Monferrato – what do these famous Italian red wines have in common? Correct: All three originate from the same grape variety, which also gives them their names. The Barbera grape comes from the northern Italian region of Piedmont, where it is grown mainly in three DOC (controlled designation of origin) areas: Asti, Alba and Monferrato. Accordingly, Barbera d'Asti, Barbera d'Alba and Barbera Monferrato are DOC wines. But Barbera is also popular outside these regions. And thanks to Italian emigrants, the Barbera vine has even made it to Argentina and America.
Barbera – the down-to-earth. Wines made from the Barbera grape have a long tradition: the first written evidence of the cultivation of the vine in Piedmont dates back to the 18th century.
Since the Barbera grape is one of the low-maintenance varieties with a high yield, it is still popular today. Barbera d'Asti, Barbera d'Alba and Barbera Monferrato are traditionally more rustic, down-to-earth wines with a high alcohol content. Recently, however, a noticeable trend has been toward increasingly finer and more balanced Barbera wines. Barbera is best enjoyed with hearty dishes such as game and roasts, but it can also be paired with mature cheeses.