Barbera is one of the most iconic wines of Piemonte and, traditionally, its name is feminine by the farmers, possibly to compare it to a beautiful woman who makes men happy. The Barbera vine is the most widespread red berry kind in the region. Its origins, less ancient compared to other varieties grown in Piemonte, can be traced back to 1700 oin the land of Monferrato. Starting from the 1800s, when it was recognized as a very strong and productive vine, its diffusion has been unstoppable. It has been considered just a rustic farmer's wine, strong and without personality for a long time, but in recent years it has seen a great growth in quality thanks to a greater care both in the vineyards and in the cellars.
Barbera d'Alba is probably the most exquisite Barbera from Piemonte. It is produced in the Langhe in the province of Cuneo, the land of gourmet gastronomy or great wines such as Barolo DOCG, of white truffles, of many DOP cheese varieties such as Castelmagno, Murazzano, Maschera, Bra and also Prosciutto Crudo di Cuneo DOP. It is an important wine, deep ruby red colored with ample and intense scents of berries and cherries, with spicy notes of vanilla and green pepper. It features a dry and warm taste, soft and structured, with a perfectly balanced taste due to the right acidity and sweet tannins. Barbera d'Alba produced ob the right shore of river Tanaro requires a longer aging and acquires a sterner compared to the one made on the left shore, in Roero area.
The younger Barbera d'Alba is a good match for rich first courses such as lasagna and cannelloni al ragù. If it is more aged, it is well matched with grilled meat, foul, aged cheese and truffles.