Organic by nature
Since the very beginning, the aim of Barbaterre has been to create a virtuous relationship with its vineyards, the ecosystem that is the cradle of the winery and the wines we produce each year.
The winery is located in the foothills of the Reggio Emilia Apennines, in a scenic terrace looking onto the adjacent valleys below.
We produce around 60,000 bottles annually, divided into three main lines: still red wines, wines re-fermented in the bottle and traditional method wines. Everything we do is aimed at preserving the authentic character of our grapes. We respect the plants, their vegetative growth cycle and their biological cycle. That is why our work in the vineyards, even prior to what we do in the winery, is crucially important. It is only by studying the plants and their development day after day that we are able to deliver the essence of these lands into the wine glass. Our work in the winery is the direct result of applying these principles.
For wine-making we use steel tanks or wooden barrels of different sizes, depending on the end product we seek to obtain. Long refinement periods for our traditional method wine, large wooden containers for our red wines, and minimum intervention for all our wines: these are the practices adopted at Barbaterre.
The winery is situated within the farm and was built using the most sustainable construction techniques to ensure the lowest possible environmental impact. Our energy is supplied by a photovoltaic system, while our water is heated by solar panels and our indoor heating system is powered by a biomass boiler.
Our ICEA (Ethical and Environmental Certification Institute) certification and membership of FIVI (Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers) demonstrate the strength of our daily commitment to producing wines that are sustainable for the environment that is our home and for the people who drink them.
At Barbaterre, across roughly ten hectares of vineyards, we have decided to adopt a winegrowing method that allows the plant to express its own intrinsic character, with a measured input on our part and avoiding any forced or pointlessly invasive practices.
Barbaterre wines come from the grape varieties traditionally grown in the area, like Lambrusco Grasparossa and Salamino, Malbo Gentile and Marzemino. But we have also introduced varieties that over time have become firmly rooted in these areas, like Pinot Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Pinot Nero, the predominant grape grown on almost five hectares of land, is used to produce traditional method wines, refined on their own lees for a long time, and a still version.
With Sauvignon Blanc we produce a vintage Blanc de Blancs and an ancestral method wine with re-fermentation in the bottle.
Marzemino produces a sparkling rosé, also re-fermented, while with Cabernet Sauvignon we make a still red wine.
Lastly, with Lambrusco and Malbo Gentile we produce the traditional re-fermented Lambrusco wine typical of the Reggio Emilia hills and Lambruscante, a special and original version of traditional method wine.
All our wines involve a lengthy winemaking process, alongside a careful but limited human input to monitor and get the best out of them according to the character of each vintage year.
Traditional Method Wines
The choice to produce sparkling wines is part of the very identity of Barbaterre. Pinot Nero and Sauvignon Blanc, the vineyards from which we produce our traditional method wines, have found the perfect terroir in these lands. The slopes where our vineyards are sited, the cool and healthy microclimate and the gypsum and lime rich soil provide the ideal conditions for making bubbly wines with a particular and distinctive identity.
Wines Re-fermented in the Bottle
The identity of traditional Reggio Emilia wine is reflected in the wines produced with re-fermentation in the bottle. Our ancestral methods are our way of paying homage to this ancient practice. Arsan, Paledor and Besmein Capolegh are our tangible and sincere tribute to the traditional farming practices in the Reggio Emilia hills as we strive to keep alive our connection with the rural world that is our home.
Barbaterre still red wines are made from vineyards grown at an altitude of 400 metres, immersed in woodland and in a remarkably biodiverse environment. The grapes grown in these conditions produce a wine with an original taste, full of freshness and tangy salinity, also due to the particularly suitable soil.