Barbaresco wine: a wonderful italian wine.

  • Author Sarah Moro
  • Published December 29, 2013
  • Word count 469

Barbaresco wine is an excellent Italian wine produced in the Piedmont region in the hilly area of the Langhe on the right bank of the Tanaro river, and specifically in the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. This area is considered the magical triangle of the Langhe. It is steeped in history and culture and offers many interesting wine and food tasting itineraries. Be sure not to miss a visit to historic estate surrounding the wine cellar Cascina Drago, the Castle of Coazzolo, the picturesque cliffs of the “sette fratelli” (seven brothers), the parish church of Saints Peter and Paul, the 15th century chapels of San Rocco and San Sebastiano, the castle of Angelo Gaja, and much more. Barbaresco wine has the DOCG (label guaranteeing the quality and origin of the wine) status, the highest classification in Italy; following the noble Piedmont tradition it has a unique flavour,a dark garnet red colour with orangey hues and a characteristic ethereal and intense bouquet. The memorable taste is dry, full, robust, velvety and well balanced.

Barbaresco wine can be made only from the Nebbiolo grape, typical of Piedmont. The soils of the hilly Barbaresco wine area are composed of calcareous marl, which together with the particular microclimate give this rich and complex wine unique personality and elegance.

Legend has it that Barbaresco wine derives its name from the Gauls who first came to Italy attracted by a wine called Barbaritium, from which the word Barbariscum and later Barbaresco. Others argue that the name derives from the barbarian hordes that in fact played a crucial role in the fall of the Roman Empire. The grape boasts ancient origins as it was planted by the Romans after they expelled the Celts from the lands around Cuneo. From that time, a combination of positive conditions and genetic mutations gradually gave life to the Nebbiolo grape; in 1894, a new wine was created at the Castle of Barbaresco, taking the name of the ancient fortress. Barbaresco wine must be aged for at least two years, nine months of which in wooden barrels. It should be tasted in large goblets at a temperature of 18°C. Barbaresco is perfect paired with grilled and boiled meats and aged cheeses.

Barbaresco and Barolo have different characteristics, even if they both made from Nebbiolo grapes growing in the same area and both become more noble and powerful when aged for between 10 and 30 years. An old saying states that Barbaresco wine is the “younger brother” of Barolo, but Barbaresco, produced in a small area where history is tied to the land, claims its well deserved position amongst the best Piedmont and Italian wines. 

Nonnolino is an Italian company specialized in the production of quality wines. In the official website you can buy many types of wines, including the famous Barbaresco wine