Barbera Wine variety in Australia
Barbera is best known as a a Piedmontese variety but it is also used in Australia.
After years of being in the shadow of Nebbiolo this Italian variety is getting more attention from growers winemakers, and consumers. New methods including yield restrictions and barrel maturation have created what amounts to a new style.
Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti wines, both named after their place of origin compete in Piedmont for the title of the best Italian examples made from this variety.
Barbera is one of the wines described in the article Five Italian Wines You Should Know About.
The naturally high acid levels of the grape are a beneficial characteristic of the Barbera variety especially in warmer climates.
John Gladstones in his book Viticulture and Environment, includes the variety in Maturity Group 5, which means that it will ripen at about the same time as Shiraz and Merlot, and a little earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo.
On this basis it would seem that there are a large number of potential vineyard sites for Barbera in Australia. The ideal terroir and viticultural regime for the variety has not been agreed upon its native Piedmont, so that there may be many years before we see the best Barbera wines produced here.
What seems reasonably clear at the moment is that Barbera has probably been easier to get results from in Australia than its noble cousin Nebbiolo.
Australian WIneries using Barbera
- 201 Wines Hunter Valley
- AAAWinery AAAREGION
- Aldinga Bay McLaren Vale
- Alpha Box and Dice McLaren Vale
- Amadio Adelaide Hills
- Amulet Vineyard Beechworth
- Angullong Wines Orange
- Badgers Brook Yarra Valley Yarra Valley
- Barrecas Geographe
- Bella Ridge Estate Swan District
- Billy Button Alpine Valleys
- Boggy Creek Vineyards King Valley
- 202 Wines Hunter Valley
- Bremerton Langhorne Creek
- Brown Brothers King Valley
- Camp Road Estate Hunter Valley
- Cargo Road Wines Orange
- Carlei Estate Yarra Valley
- Catherine Vale Vineyard Hunter Valley
- Centennial Vineyards Southern Highlands
- Ceravolo Premium Wines Adelaide Plains
- Chain of Ponds Adelaide Hills
- Chalk Hill Winery McLaren Vale
- Chrismont King Valley
- Clovely Estate South Burnett
- Cobbity Wines South Coast Zone
- Connor Park Bendigo
- Coriole McLaren Vale
- Coulter Wines Adelaide Hills
- Crittenden at Dromana Mornington Peninsula
- Cupitt's Winery Shoalhaven Coast
- Dal Zotto Estate King Valley
- David Hook Wines Hunter Valley
- Dell'uva Wines Barossa Valley
- Di Lusso Estate Mudgee
- Domaine De Binet Hunter Valley
- Dromana Estate Mornington Peninsula
- Eden Hall Eden Valley
- First Creek Hunter Valley
- First Drop Barossa Valley
- First Ridge Mudgee
- Flying Fish Cove Margaret River
- G Pattriti & Co McLaren Vale
- Gapsted Alpine Valleys
- Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Mudgee
- Glenwillow Vineyard Bendigo
- Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt
- Grove Estate Wines Hilltops
- Hollick Wines Coonawarra
- King River Estate King Valley
- Kurrrajong Estate Hunter Valley
- Kyotmunga Estate Perth Hills
- La Cantina King Valley King Valley
- Longview Vineyard Adelaide Hills
- Lowe Family Wines Mudgee
- Macquarie Grove Vineyards Western Plains
- Margan Family Hunter Valley
- Massena Wines Barossa Valley
- Massoni Pyrenees
- Merkel King Valley
- Michael Unwin Wines Grampians
- Michelini Alpine Valleys
- Middlebrook Estate McLaren Vale
- Mongrel Vineyard Mudgee
- Monichino Wines Goulburn Valley
- Monument Vineyard Central Ranges Zone
- Mount Broke Wines Hunter Valley
- Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyards Grampians
- Mount Towrong Macedon Ranges
- Mout Buff Wines Alpine valleys
- Next Crop Wines Langhorne Creek
- Oatley Wines Mudgee
- Old School Winery Perricoota
- Piggs Peake Winery Hunter Valley
- Poet's Corner Mudgee
- Primo Estate McLaren Vale
- Red Earth Estate Western Plains
- Rewine Gundagai
- Sam Miranda Wines King Valley
- Scarpantoni Estate McLaren Vale
- Seaview McLaren Vale
- Serafino Wines McLaren Vale
- Sevenhill Wines Clare Valley
- Seville Hill Yarra Valley
- Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills
- Skimstone Mudgee
- Spook Hill Wines Riverland
- The Little Wine Company Hunter valley
- Thomson Brook Wines Geographe
- Toppers Mountain New England
- Tulloch Hunter Valley
- Vale Creek Wines Central Ranges Zone
- Vigna Bottin McLaren Vale
- Vinea Marson Heathcote
- Wandin Valley Estate Hunter Valley
- Warrenmang Vineyard Pyrenees
- Witchmount Estate Sunbury
- Woodgate Wines Manjimup
- Zappa Wines New England
- Zerella (la Gita) McLaren Vale
- Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek
barbera and food
Enjoy barbera with a plate of charcuterie
The savory flavours and high acid levels in many Barbera wines make them ideal accompaniments to Italian style cuisine. If you are serving charcuterie or a meaty antipasto, Barbera's sharpness can make it a great choice of wine.
You could serve Barbera wines with most dishes that have a tomato and herb based sauce... or try them with a mushroom risotto.
Fatty foods such as roast duck also benefit from being served with acid wines.
Maybe you could use Barbera with duck and orange sauce. The wine would be robust enough not to be overwhelmed by the citrus sauce.
Evan Goldstein recommends serving Barbera wine with Junipers-scented Chicken Liver
You can buy his book Daring Pairings from Book Depository, with free delivery wherever you are.
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