Barbaresco wine

Winemaker holds half-ripe Nebbiolo grapes in his hands in the Barbaresco DOCG area in Piedmont, Italy

If Barolo is the "king of wines", Barbaresco is the queen. It's also made from Nebbiolo, but while Barolo is austere and muscular Barbaresco is more mellow. It's only grown 12 miles away, in a horseshoe-shaped area around the small town of Neive. The harsh tannins of Nebbiolo tend to soften quicker in Barbaresco, and so it’s allowed to age for one year less than Barolo before bottling.

What does Barbaresco taste like? Its aroma is a powerful combination of dried flowers (particularly wild rose and violet), dried fruits (prunes, figs, and strawberry), herbs and spices (liquorice, pepper and cloves) surrounded by rich tobacco, vanilla, chocolate and leather. 

We went to boutique wineries in Barbaresco DOCG and found award-winning Barbarescos, true hidden gems. Now you can try them too.

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