Here’s one for you folks obsessed with obscure factoids, Bonarda is Argentina’s most planted red grape! It’s true it’s not the delicious Malbec grape that they craft into beautiful reds but Bonarda, a grape with a bit of an indentity crisis. Confusingly there are not one but three grape varieties in Italy called Bonarda, and then there is a suggestion that it may not even be any of these but a grape that is found all over California.
- Bonarda of Oltrepò Pavese and Colli Piacentini – it is actually the Croatina grape (one of the many differnet types of Italian grapes some times used in Valpolicella Blands), by another name.
- 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 Raragrape
- Bonarda Piemontese, which is rarely grown and remains primarily along the Tanaro river near the town of Govone
- Some experts believe Argentine Bonarda is actually the red variety called, “Charbono,” in California,
But which of these is it likely to be is still unknown all though, the Argentine’s themselves believe it to be Corbeau (AKA Douce Noir), a grape from central france, whose name may have been confused with Dolcetto in Piedmont and as a result when the grape arrived in Argentina it took on another accidental pseudonym from Piedmont ‘Bonarda’. Anyway what ever its true origin it is a delightful wine to try!
Lovely Strawberry, plummy fruit and floral notes of roses and violets on the nose that promise much. The wine itself tends towards juicy fresh fruits with nice balance and real drinkability. If you feel like trying one we have the delicious Colina Las Liebres Bonarda, which just arrived in to the shop this morning!