This red grape variety’s home turf is Piemonte, where its finest wines come from. As the third most planted grape in the entire country, it is also grown in many other parts of the Italian peninsula.
A late ripener, Barbera is unusual in that it has almost no tannin. Full bodied, its other characteristics are a deep colour with high acidity, with spicy and red-fruit aroma and flavours. The combination of high acid, low tannin and vivid flavor make Barbera wines particularly refreshing. The best Barbera wines are unblended, but many blended wines containing this grape do exist.