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Barbera d'Alba Wine

Barbera d'Alba is a key DOC of Piedmont, north-western Italy, famed for its tangy, cherry-like red wines made from Barbera grapes.

Barbera (like so many Italian wine grape varieties) has ancient origins, although it has only been traceably documented since the 17th century. It was first cited in an official document in 1798, by Count Giuseppe Nuvolone-Pergamo of Scandaluzzo, deputy director of the Società Agraria di Torino (Agrarian Society of Turin). The count is credited with creating the first definitive list of Piedmont's wine grape varieties. Barbera-based wines were well regarded even then, for their rustic yet generous character. They and were a favorite among Savoyard army officers, who considered the wine a "sincere companion", which helped them maintain their courage in battle.

The coat of arms of Alba

The Alba viticultural area covers both the town of Alba and the surrounding Langhe hills (see Langhe), and overlaps with those of Piedmont's two most famous red wines – Barolo and Barbaresco. All around Alba, are the kind of rolling hills which have come to symbolize the Piedmontese landscape. Barbera vines thrive in the chalky, limestone-rich clay soils here. The best Barbera d'Alba wines are sourced from hillside vineyard sites close to Barolo.

Barbera d'Alba wines are generally esteemed for their deep color, low tannins and high levels of acidity. When young they offer fresh flavors of cherries, blueberries and raspberries. Relatively rich, bold and flavorful, the most powerful examples might just be compared to Barolo or Barbaresco. There is a distinct difference between Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d’Asti – its counterpart from the neighboring Asti province, which is generally considered more lively and 'feminine'.

For a wine to be legally labeled as Barbera d'Alba, it must be made from at least 85% Barbera grapes. The other 15% may be made up of Piedmont's noblest wine grape, Nebbiolo, but intensely perfumed Dolcetto (the region's often under-rated 'third' red wine grape) is not permitted for use. The added designation of superiore may be added to labels if the wine is aged for 12 months prior to commercial release, of which at least 4 months must be spend in oak barrels.

Due to its high acidity, Barbera d'Alba is best given several years of bottle age, to allow the fruit, oak, tannins and acidity to integrate.

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We found 498 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $47 1782
Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $17 4136
Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $20 4216
Vietti 'Vigna Scarrone' Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $39 4693
Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $17 4840
La Spinetta Vigneto Gallina Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $46 6277
Beni di Batasiolo Sovrana Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $18 6467
Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $30 6533
Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $29 6744
Poderi Oddero Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $18 6935
Renato Ratti Torriglione Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $18 8147
Bersano Sanguigna Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $15 8235
Fontanafredda Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $22 8284
Domenico Clerico Tre Vigne Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $23 8452
Domini Villae Lanata Lo Zoccolaio Sucule Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $23 9220
Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $41 9343
Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $22 9555
Elio Grasso Vigna Martina Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $29 10523
Vietti 'Scarrone Vigna Vecchia' Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $68 10677
G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $23 10746
Conterno Fantino Vignota Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $22 11226
Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $41 11336
Massolino Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $18 11813
Cigliuti Barbera d'Alba Campass, Piemonte, Italy Barbera $29 12307
Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy Barbera $20 13063
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