The Barbera d’Asti PDO is reserved exclusively for Red wine. The Designation also incorporates two geographical specifications.
The production area of Barbera d’Asti PDO is within the territory of 116 municipalities in the province of Asti and 51 municipalities in the province of Alessandria, in the Piedmont region.
Red (including Superiore): min 90% Barbera, pure or with the addition of non-aromatic grape berries similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max. 10%.
Description of product typologies
Barbera d’Asti PDO is ruby-red in colour, tending towards garnet with aging; it displays an intense fragrance on the nose, sometimes floral, with strong fruity hues of cherry, small black fruit, and prune evolving into scents of jam and liqueur fruits, balsamic and spicy notes, as well as scents of cinnamon, cocoa and liquorice when matured in wood; it is full and complex on the palate, with sweet and velvety tannins standing out after aging in wood, and a long and persistent finish. It can display Superiore, Vigna and Vigna Superiore on the label.Before being made available for consumption, Barbera d’Asti PDO wines must undergo a minimum aging period of 4 months, commencing November 1st of the harvest year; minimum 14 months for Barbera d’Asti PDO with Vigna on the label, 6 of which must be in barrels if the wine is Superiore. The vinification and aging of Barbera d’Asti PDO must be carried out within the production area, although, taking traditional situations into account, these operations may also be carried out within the entire territory of the Piedmont region.
Geographical and sub-area specifications
The Barbera d’Asti Superiore PDO can be accompanied by two sub-geographical designations: Tinella and Colli Astiani or Astiano.Both geographical indications may only be produced as Red wine with min 90% Barbera and with the addition of non-aromatic grape berries similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Piedmont region, max. 10%.
The Barbera d’Asti PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym.