Barbera was established in the Alba area in mid ‘600, when some vines were brought in from the province of Asti.
It became widely common aroud 1860-1870 as stated by Lorenzo Fantini, in his “Monografia sulla Viticoltura e Enologia nella Provincia di Cuneo”.
Grapes intended to become “Barbera d’Alba” must be grown within the territory of Alba, Albaretto della Torre, Barbaresco, Barolo, Borgomale, Camo, Canale, Castagnito, Castellinaldo, Castiglione Falletto, Castiglione Tinella, Castino, Corneliano d’Alba, Cossano Belbo, Diano d’Alba, Govone, Grinzane Cavour, Guarene, Magliano Alfieri, Mango, Monforte d’Alba, Montelupo Albese, Monticello d’Alba, Neive, Neviglie, Novello, Perletto, Piobesi d’Alba, Priocca, Rocchetta Belbo, Roddi, Roddino, Rodello, S. Vittoria d’Alba, S. Stefano Belbo, Serralunga d’Alba, Sinio, Treiso, Trezzo Tinella, Verduno, Vezza d’Alba; e in parte dal territorio dei comuni di Baldissero d’Alba, Bra, Cortemilia, Cherasco, La Morra, Monchiero, Montà d’Alba, Montaldo Roero, Monteu Roero, Narzole, Pocapaglia, S. Stefano Roero and Sommariva Perno.
Dense ruby red colour. The perfume is ample and complex with fruity notes including blackberries, cherries, strawberries and fruit jam, but also spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and green pepper.
The flavour is full-bodied and attenuates the natural acidity of the Barbera grape. In fact, during production, small wooden barrels are used precisely for this purpose, even though some acidity is fundamental to the type of wine and necessary for its balance and enjoyability.