The Barbera d'Asti DOC
is an Italian designation from the Piedmont region, recognized as a DOC on 9 January 1970. Only red wines harvested within the production area set out by the decree are entitled to the Barbera d’Asti DOC
. The authorized vineyards are located in the province of Asti (in 118 districts) and in the province of Alessandria (in 50 districts). The approximately 5,800 hectares of Barbera d'Asti
vineyards permit a production of 180,000 hectolitres per year.
The specifications for Barbera d’Asti red wine are less demanding than those for the Barbera d'Asti “Superiore”, mainly with regard to ageing and alcohol content. It usually displays a ruby red colour which evolves to a more garnet red hue with age. It is vinous on the nose, with a characteristic scent which tends to be more ephemeral with ageing. On the palate, Barbera d'Asti is a dry, full-bodied yet harmonious wine, plump and pleasant after ageing. The wine can age well for 3-7 years and pairs nicely with minestrone, venison, braised red meats and grilled meats in/with a sauce. It is generally lighter than Barbera d'Alba, even though it comes from the same grape variety, the Barbera. It is therefore usually drunk younger. Wineries such as Bruno Rocca and the Scagliola brothers are able to bring out the quality of the Barbera d'Asti varietals and terroir perfectly.