Definition - What does Bonarda mean?
Bonarda is a widely made red wine that has several different names depending on the region where it is grown. It is a dark red varietal that is fruity, medium-bodied and has a smooth finish.
The low tannins and high acidity contained in the wine adds a juicy taste, which makes this wine easy to pair with all types of fare, most commonly with chicken, fish, pork and other meats with South American seasonings. The diversity with food pairing and easy drinkability contributes to this wine’s growing popularity.
WineFrog explains Bonarda
The Bonarda varietal is known by many names in different parts of the world and is mostly planted in Argentina. The grape that makes Bonarda wine in Argentina is called Douce Noir since it is of French origin and differs from Italian Bonarda, which is known as Venetot Bonarda, Bonarda Piemontese or Bonardo Movarese. In California, Bonarda is called Charbono and in Lombardy it is known as Croatina, even though some experts are still divided on whether or not all of these grapes are genetically identical.
Even though, Bonarda may be called different names in each region where it’s grown, it is a wine that has cherry/plum fruity notes, a light to medium body and a low oak finish as most are unoaked. It has a violet flowery aroma with hints of tobacco and allspice, which tastes similar to a Merlot but with a high alcohol content of 13.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV).