A complex, full-bodied wine from Piedmont in the northwest of Italy. The wine cannot be put on the market any earlier than two years after the harvest. It is aged for at least one year in an oak barrel and then six months after bottling. If the wine is introduced to the market four years after the harvest, it is labeled Riserva.
The grape used for Barbaresco is Nebbiolo, whose name has two possible origins. The Italian word nebbia, meaning ‘fog’, describes the conditions in the vineyard when the grapes reach the height of their maturity. The second hypothesis of the origin of Nebbiolo is based on the word nobile, meaning ‘elegant’.
Barbaresco became famous thanks to winemaker Angelo Gaja, who helped to establish it as one of the most famous wines in the world.