I did not know this.
'Bonarda' is the most widely planted red grape variety in Argentina.
Some experts believe Argentine Bonarda is actually the red variety called, "Charbono," in California (source: Oxford Companion to Wine).
But it didn't come from California
Bonarda was brought to Argentina in the 19th centrury by Italian immigrants (source: Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina).
So does Bonarda still exist in Italy?
Three distinct Italian grape varieties are known as Bonarda:
- Bonarda of Oltrepò Pavese and Colli Piacentini - it is actually the Croatina grape
- Bonarda Novarese, which is blended with the red grape Spanna (which is what the highlanders of the northern Piedmont call Nebbiolo) in DOC wines of the Novara and Vercelli hills. This is actually the Uva Rara grape
- Bonarda Piemontese, which is rarely grown and remains primarily along the Tanaro river near the town of Govone (source: Oxford Companion to Wine)
And which of these is the Bonarda brought to Argentina?
I don't know. Let me investigate...
According to Wines of Argentina, Argentine Bonarda is identical to a variety called Corbeau (AKA Douce Noir)
I'm confused; How about a glass of Bonarda/Corbeau/Douce Noir/Bonarda Piemontese/Uva Rara/Croatina/Charbono?
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