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Is the wine Barbaresco connected to the family name of Baresco. Have been told that the wine is named- 'bar' for the county Barolo with the remainer sometimes after a family's vineyard...in this case...it would be Baresco. Anyone shed light on this?

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I was recently in Piedmont and visited both the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco being an avid lover of Piedmontese wines. I have never heard anyone tell this story, as far as I know both wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape and take their name from the nearby local town.

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honestly, i was (and am) sure the name comes directly and simply from the town's name.

"barbaresco" is also an ancient form of "barbaro" italian word, present in english in the form "barbarian"; Titus LIvius quoted that wine, so it's possible it was already produced when this area was not yet romanized, i.e. barbaric. (possible don't means certain: there are also other legends)

if I am right, we are in the wrong forum, because Barbaresco is 10 km away from Alba, i.e. in Cuneo area


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I agree with Kiob, the name of the wine is derived from the name of the principal commune, i.e. Barbaresco or in the other case Barolo (which is a town and not a county) Both are in modern Cuneo province, Barolo is south of Alba and is in the centre of a roughly horshoe shaped valley in the Langhe hills, with what is considered a perfect climate for the Nebbiolo grape. Barbaresco is North of Alba, in the beginning of the Langhe zone, and overlooks the Tanaro river valley which connects Alba to Asti. Funnily enough until recently (100 years ago) these communes produced a sweet red wine as noone knew how to ferment the late-harvested Nebbiolo grapes to dryness and it was the Savoy kings who brought in a French oenologist to start making the wines we know today.

But Baresco family, never heard of this one. Where did you find this story?

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