Barbera is a red wine grape variety widely planted in northern Italy. Being almost one thousand years older than Cabernet Sauvignon, today it’s the third most planted grape in the country.

As a very strong, adaptable vine, Barbera is able to grow in various soils from calcareous clay to limestone and sand, standing well with hot climates. Although the grape is grown throughout Italy, the majority of Barbera is planted in Piemonte, at the foot of the Alps. This region produces the most celebrated Barbera wines such as Barbera d’Alba and Barbera d’Asti.

Dark in colour with a pronounced acidity and low levels of tannins, Barbera wine is actually quite light in taste and moderate in body. It tends to be red-fruited with notes of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Aged in oak wines have an additional hint of spice and vanilla. As a result, Barbera is one of the most food-friendly and easy-drinking wines in Italy and abroad.

To discover this grape variety, we suggest to try Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbera d’Alba 2010, Piedmont. An ideal example of 100% Barbera wine from one of the legendary winemakers of the world – Bruno Giacosa. During a career that spanned nearly eight decades he had contributed to establishing Piedmont as a leading wine region.

Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbera d’Alba 2010 is a very enjoyable, balanced wine with depth of aromas and flavors, concentration, wonderful texture and length. It offers lots of dark fruits, blackberries and black cherries, silky tannins and good acidity. Has a nice medium finish ending with a bit of oak. This wine will definitely impress you!

Food pairing:
– rich dark meats, earthy mushrooms, rich cheeses like blue cheese

Useful tips:
– serve at room temperature 15-18˚C


Amsterdam, September 25th 2019