Barbera d’Alba “Vignota” DOC

A uniquely flavored Barbera, made from grapes grown in several different windswept vineyards on hilltops in Monforte d’Alba. Vignota ages in second-use barrique for ten months, followed by two more months in bottle.

Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2018 | Wine HunterRosso
  • 2018 | Wine Advocate93
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator92
  • 2014 | Vinous89
  • 2012 | International Wine Cellar90
Grape Varieties:

100% Barbera

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

8-10 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Rotating paddles

Length of maceration:

8-10 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container age:

Second use

Type of oak:

Allier /Troncais

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

10 months

Aging in bottle:

2 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:

Different vineyards in Monforte

Vineyard location:

Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

5.4 hectares (13.3 acres)

Soil composition:

Calcareous marl, with a high percentage of silt and sand

Vine training:



500 meters (1,640 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000- 5,500 per ha


6,5 - 7 tons per hectare


southeastern, southwestern

Years planted:

1980, 1998

Age of vines:

15-22 years old

Time of harvest:

Late September

First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

30,000 - 35,000 bottles approx.

Tasting notes:

Intense ruby red that turns garnet over time; fruity and herbaceous bouquet with notes of ripe cherry confirmed on a full, fresh, flavorful palate. Long, crisp finish.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful accompaniment to meat, pasta and aged cheese. Especially delicious with a local specialty “bagna cauda.”

Aging potential:

5 years


Alc. cont 13.5% by vol.


Guido and Fabio Fantino