This is the most widely known and largely grown vine in Piedmont. It is almost certain that its origin can be found on the Monferraro hills, but since last century it has extended largely into the zone of Alba. The crop is plentiful and constant and ripens in the first fortnight of October. The bunches are conical-pyramidal-shaped and quite compact. The grapes are medium-sized and blueish-black.
The vine is strong, versatile and gives a good yield. It is considered a superior wine. Barbera d'Alba presents organoleptic features that differ from zone to zone. These characteristics become more evident after ageing.
Deep ruby red in colour when young it turns into garnet red with ageing, on the nose is vinous, intense and fruity; on the palate it is dry, cool in the mouth due to its considerable acidity. Ageing lends it fineness and brings its characteristics into harmony.