The most spread-out variety in Piedmont
Strong, productive, with its deep red color, barbera is the most widespread grape variety in Piedmont, both for surface and for the territory.
Its grapes are known for their compact design, while in autumn its leaves turn red.
The wines made from Barbera presents a pleasant freshness in the mouth, due to the acidity typical of this grape. Depending on the soil where it is cultivated, barbera can give wines with excellent structure, also suitable for wooden aging.
Barbera vines was already cultivated in the territories which in the past belonged to the Marquis and then the Duchy of Monferrato.
There are traces of his presence already in documents dating back to mid-1200.
Its peak arrived in the nineteenth century, when it was grown to produce a wine for popular consumption.
The area dedicated to this variety today has been reduced, but it obtained great attention. For this reason there is a close competition with Nebbiolo variety.