I confess. I am normally not a fan of Montepulciano. Not that I haven’t sampled delightful exceptions, but I usually prefer more acid, depth and individuality. The Vasari Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010, from Barba changed my mind-set. A bit of spice, good acid, a true feel for the terroir and the taste of Italy, all for a mere SRP of $10 per bottle (well worth $20). Food friendly and perfect with pasta and robust Italian cuisine. I loved this one.
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The firm is situated in the north part of Abruzzo, in central Italy, along the valley of the Vomano River and on the surrounding hills, in the towns of Cellino Attanasio, Atri, Pineto and Roseto.
It extends on about 680 hectares, of which 170 are planted with vines, fruit trees, and trees for lumber, and about 500 are used for animal raising and industrial business.
The property belongs to the Barba family, which is made up of the three brothers Vincenzo, Giovanni, and Domenico Barba and their families.
Giovanni, who has a degree in agriculture, is the chief executive officer and works full time, with his assistants, in all sectors of the business.
Domenico, who has a degree in economics, is chief executive officer of S.I.A.I. S.r.l., which is an important firm in the field of brick production.
Vincenzo, electronic engineer, mainly occupies himself with consultancy and organization of information systems, but also works in all fields of the family business.
The land has a deep heritage in the wine sector and benefits from an adapt microclimate with long sunny days and cool evenings in the summer and sea breezes in the winter; these conditions are favourable for wine production, nurtured by passion and great know-how.
Barba wines don’t depend on luck, but are the result of attention to detail during every phase of production, from the vine to the winery.
It is just this combination of simple principles and good ideas which defines our unique style, always in search of quality.