The history of wines
The history of wines “La Barbera, il Barbera”
Barbera is the vine symbol of Piedmontese viticulture, it alone covers half of the area under vines of the region and, on a national scale, is second only to Sangiovese. No other Italian wine, in recent years, has grown in the general estimate as this historic and promising red.
It is claimed that the grapes better than any other fruit, succeed through the wine to transmit to the man the flavors of the earth. The Barbera does much more, it can also express the character of man, the winemaker: stubborn, sometimes grumpy, but always constant, frank and generous, closely linked to traditions and yet open to the innovation that allows him to keep intact his originality.
The fortune of this great wine begins at the beginning of the 900s, but detailed studies describe it as a prince grape variety already in ampelographic research conducted in the 18th century.
Today, Barbera is indicated as a Piedmontese wine of the third millennium, destined to face the giants of the international wine scene. Together with Nebbiolo, it is certainly representative of the tradition of Piedmont and in particular of the area that is found in the southern part of Asti region, where the Monferrato meets the Langhe.
Where is great Barbera born?
Obviously in the vineyard: that’s where great wines are produced. The greatness of a wine always passes through the characteristics of the territory, of the vineyard, which is expressed in the maturity of the grapes, and of the man, who manages with his ability to transfer from the grapes to the wine, through the fermentation, all the aromas and the flavors that give elegance and produce pleasure.
Historically, the aging of Barbera took place in large wooden barrels, lately this tradition has been combined by the use of barrique. Through the oak staves of this small barrel the oxygen of the air passes and penetrates into the wine evolving tannins and anthocyanins, making the wine softer and more resistant to aging.
Today a great wine must be intense and full-bodied, soft and elegant, but it must above all have a well-defined territory behind it, an important history, and transmit to those who enjoy it the testimony of the culture of a farmer civilization.
This is the character of Barbera and expresses itself to the best of its potential in its territory of choice, Piedmont.