Barbera d'Asti is another famous Piedmonte wine producing region, where viticulture has been practiced for centuries. The growing area is defined by the topography with the Monferrato hills running between the rivers Po and Tanaro.Read More
Originally awarded DOC status in 1970 and promoted to DOCG in 2008. In 2000 however, the sub-zones of Nizza, Tinella & Colli Astiani were officially recognised for their distinctive wine styles.
Barbera dominates the cultivation although other Piedmontese varieties Freisa, Grignolino & Dolcetto are allowed in the blend. Barbera d'Asti wines often exhibit cherry, black fruit with a touch of spice flavours. Rich, tangy and full bodied.
The Continental climate prevails in this region with elevation making a slight difference in mesoclimate and ripening times. Vineyards are located between 90-310m above sea level on clay/limestone soils. The richer clay growth medium is less suited for Nebbiolo but ideal for Barbera.