Gentle tannins, juicy fruit, and a happy acidity have made Barbera the predominant vino da tavola for centuries in Italy. The varietal’s vivaciousness and cooperative nature has made it equally popular with California wine grape
growers. By no means new to the state, Barbera is the sixth most planted red grape in California, but is rarely labeled as a varietal. Loved by table wine producers for its pigment and acidity, Barbera has long been blended with less gentle varietals for balance. When crops are carefully managed and wine is aged in oak, Barbera’s distinctively soft, bright fruitiness is lifted up by exotic spice and ligneous tannin, making a delightful and versatile varietal wine. Montevina made acquaintance with Barbera in the early 70’s and immediately saw the varietal’s potential in Amador County.
Some say you can taste the history of a place in a glass of wine. Perhaps that’s why the wines of Montevina are brimming with such intense flavors and bold character. Spanish for “mountain vine,” Montevina brings a different altitude-and attitude-to its winemaking. Crafted at our Terra d’Oro Winery, Montevina wines reflect the soul of the Sierra Foothills. The first winery to be established following the end of Prohibition, the wines of Montevina resurrected Amador County’s legendary wine industry. Since then, we’ve been known for crafting deeply flavored, robust wines that capture the unique character of this remarkable region.
We got our start in the Sierra foothills back in 1970, picking up where Prohibition left off. Our first wines were released in 1973, and Montevina quickly became known for robust, full-bodied red wines-especially Zinfandel and Barbera-which revived interest in the historic Amador wine region.
Today Montevina owns and manages 400 acres of estate vineyards, including several notable, old-vine vineyards. Our state-of-the art winery is spectacular, and features a spacious, friendly tasting room and a beautiful vineyard-ringed patio where you can relax with a glass of wine. There’s nothing quite like escaping to Amador wine country-we hope you’ll come and visit us soon at Montevina.