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Barbera d'Alba Elio Altare 2022
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Barbera d'Alba Elio Altare 2022

Altare Elio

Barbera d'Alba by Elio Altare is a gorgeous and fascinating version of this famous Piedmont grape. This Barbera is made in a typical Elio Altare's way with a short passage in barrels. Expressive dark fruits, prun compote, earth and sweet spices accents with bursting mineral touches. Elegant, fresh and silky, round tannins and generous plush finish

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Barbera d'Alba DOC


Barbera 100%


Alcohol content

14.5 %


75 cl Bottle


Alcoholic fermentation with maceration in vats controlled temperature for 3/4 days


5 months in used French barrique

Additional Notes

Contains sulfites


Elio Altare's Barbera d'Alba is an elegant interpretation of this historic grape variety that has been part of everyday life in Piedmont for centuries. Too often dismissed as a simple, immediately drinkable wine, in the hands of a great vigneron, even Barbera can rise to the level of a fine wine, capable of expressing good aromatic complexity, a pleasing balance of taste and beautiful persistence. Following his personal style, Altare matures the wine in used barriques in order to soften the exuberance and find the right expressive balance.

Barbera d'Alba is one of Elio Altare's most interesting expressions. It comes from grapes grown in La Morra, on calcareous marl soils rich in sand. The estate is managed with great agronomic care, without the use of synthetic chemical substances and with the utmost respect for nature, with the aim of obtaining healthy, ripe grapes.  In the cellar, work is carried out to make the most of the characteristics of the raw material with minimal intervention in the vinification process. At the end of the harvest, the grapes are sent for fermentation in temperature-controlled rotofrmentaori, with maceration on the skins for 3 or 4 days. Before release, the wine rests in used French oak barriques for 5 months.

Elio Altare's Barbera d'Alba confirms the high level of the red range of this innovative Langhe winery. The wine has a vivid and intense red-purple colour. The nose expresses a bouquet characterised by aromas of ripe cherries, small dark berries, black cherries, plums, hints of humus and sweet spices. On the palate it is medium structured, with a juicy, lively fruitiness, a fine tannic texture and a fresh, savoury finish.


Intense purple red


Elegant and silky, great freshness, velvety tannin and plush lasting finish


Dark fruits, undergrowth, cherry, wet earth and mineral echoes