The Wine: Marco Barba Barbabolla 2021
As a Veneto-born wine enthusiast, I feel exceptionally connected to any wine made from Garganea. It is our hero white grape. And this blend by Marco Barba is mostly Garganega. Deliciously refreshing and zesty, with fine bubbles, stone fruit, freshly cut apple on the nose, and a bright palate with salty notes.
The Producer: Marco Barba
Marco Barba is one of the Barbaboyz, a collective of natural wine producers based in Gambellara, Veneto, and making wine at Giovanni Menti’s winery. Grapes are grown with biodynamic practices, and winemaking is low-intervention. Marco Barba makes about 40,000 bottles yearly, with a penchant for fizzy wine.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.