Barbera is a versatile, red-skinned grape originally from the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy. This varietal is now also planted in Slovenia, Argentina, South Africa, California and Israel. No matter where this grape is grown, certain characteristics remain constant. Wine made from this grape will have a deep, ruby red color, a full body with low tannin levels, and pronounced acidity.
The Barbera vine is very vigorous and capable of producing high yields if not kept in check by pruning and other methods. Excessive yields can diminish the fruit quality in the grape and accentuate Barbera's natural acidity and sharpness.