Barbera production has grown by 6.3%, quite a remarkable result with over 21 million bottles of Barbera d’Asti produced in 2017. Barbera production involves 167 municipalities in the Asti and Alessandria provinces. Filippo Mobrici, the President of the Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato Consortium, presented these figures at a recent conference (Landscapes of Barbera d’Asti and Monferrato wines: from vinicultural heritage to a brand).
2017: a scarce but excellent vintage for Barbera
“This was a scarce yet high-quality vintage for all 12 protected designations protected and promoted by the Consortium (10 DOC, 2 DOCG, and Nizza DOCG whose recognition is still pending), which represent 73.4% of the vineyard area intended for the designation of origin in the Asti province,” reminded Mobrici.
The 2017 data collected by the Consortium show that wineries have produced 2,287,193 more bottles of the 12 protected designations (+3.6%) despite an overall decrease in production (-17.2%). The best performing wines in 2017 include Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore (+16%), Nizza Barbera (+17.2%) with 369,861 bottles, and Piemonte Barbera (+5%). Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato is another DOCG wine that is going strong with 834,757 bottles (+7.6% compared to 2016). The overall number of bottles protected by the Consortium in 2017 was 66,587,240.