Definition - What does Barbera mean?
An Italian red wine grape variety, Barbera produces low in tannin, acidic wines with pronounced fruit flavors. A popular grape variety, Barbera is widely planted throughout Italy and is used to produce many styles of wine, with the most well known being the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Barbera d’Asti wine from the Piedmont Region.
WineFrog explains Barbera
A native to the Hills of Monferrato in the Piedmont region of Central Italy, Barbera has been planted for wine grape production since the 13th century. A vigorous vine, viticulturists must prune the vine aggressively to control yields and concentrate sugar and flavor in the grapes.
Known for it’s deep ruby color, Barbera produces many different styles of red wine that feature different flavor profiles. Young wines made from Barbera are characterized by juicy flavors of blackberry, cherry and raspberry. When aged in oak, Barbera wines will develop aromas and flavors of vanilla and dried fruit, giving the wine more complexity. The variety is characterized by low tannin and high acidity