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 Bonarda Wine

Bonarda is the name used for four entirely distinct red wine grape varieties; three from northern Italy and one from Argentina.

The oldest is Bonarda Piedmontese. This is an aromatic variety, now near extinction but it once rivaled Barbera and Nebbiolo in the vineyards of western Piedmont. Although quite capable of producing distinctive wines of good quality, it was replanted only sparsely after the phylloxera epidemic of the 1880s. This is most likely because Bonarda Piedmontese vines offered only very low yields, and winegrowers at that time took a pragmatic, economic approach as they sought to re-establish their vineyards.

Bonarda
Bonarda Grapes

The other two Bonarda vines are also from northern Italy, and both are currently used in the Po Valley. Here it is mostly known as Croatina – its name refers to its origins in Croatia – although it has often gone under the name "Bonarda" in southern Lombardy, most notably in the Oltrepo Pavese DOC. There are now even varietally labeled Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda wines, including a sparkling frizzante version, made from Croatina. Croatina is also used slightly further down the Po Valley, in the Colli Piacentini hills of western Emilia-Romagna.

Uva Rara is the third Italian "Bonarda" grape, also known as Bonarda Novarese (after Novara, a Piedmontese town located just south of Lake Maggiore). Like Croatina, Uva Rara is used in Oltrepo Pavese wines, but goes under its Uva Rara title. As suggested by its name, Uva Rara was once a rare vine here, although it is now one of the key red varieties around Pavia.

The majority of Bonarda grapes grown in the world are planted in Argentina, rather than Italy. Here, the grapes are used both in blends (often with the Argentine icon Malbec) and in varietal wines. The Argentine version of Bonarda is also known as Charbono, which has itself been confused with various varieties.

Popular blends include: Bonarda - Malbec.

Food matches include:
Europe: Milanese veal chop (cotoletta alla Milanese) (still); prosciutto di Parma (frizzante-style)
Asia: Beef and black bean stir-fry (still)
Americas: Quesadilla (still); deep-fried beef turnovers (empanadas de pino) (still)
Australasia/Oceania: Barbecued lamb chops with minted peas (still)


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We found 166 matches for Bonarda. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Altos Las Hormigas 'Colonia Las Liebres' Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $10 5595
Trapiche Broquel Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $15 15406
Durigutti Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $13 17627
Catena 'Alamos' Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $11 18216
Lamadrid Estate Single Vineyard Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $17 19598
Bodega Dante Robino Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $11 20024
Nieto Senetiner Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $13 20481
Cantina di Casteggio Oltrepo Pavese Sangue di Giuda, Lombardy, Italy Sangue di Giuda dell'Oltrepo Pavese $11 21246
La Posta Estela Armando Vineyard Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $17 21662
Mairena Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $15 24307
Argento Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $10 25828
Las Moras Bonarda, San Juan, Argentina San Juan $3 30310
Bodega Sur de Los Andes Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $13 31869
Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $11 32467
Chakana Maipe Andean Culture Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $10 33302
Don Cristobal 1492 'Cristobal 1492' Bonarda, Ugarteche, Argentina Ugarteche $11 33302
Lamadrid Estate Bonarda Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $17 33302
Alta Vista Premium Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $13 33985
Familia Zuccardi Emma Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $29 34466
Bodegas Esmeralda Tilia Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $10 37067
Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Bonarda, Barrancas, Argentina Barrancas $10 37332
Ksana Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $20 38160
Trivento Tribu Bonarda, Maipu, Argentina Maipu $8 41325
Huarpe Lancatay Bonarda, Barrancas, Argentina Barrancas $11 41698
Laymount Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $18 42386
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