Barbacan Fracia Valtellina Riserva 2018


Barbacan Fracia Valtellina Riserva, subzone Valgella, is a red wine made from 100% Chiavennasca (local name for Nebbiolo) grapes grown organically in Valtellina, Lombardy, Northern Italy. This is Barbacan top-of-the-line wine coming from their steepest vineyard; long maceration on the skins and aging in big botti. Earthy, complex, a true masterpiece.

Wine Type:, Red
Wine Style:, Medium Body
Farming:, Organic
Vintage:, 2018
Country:, Italy
Region:, Lombardia
Bottle Size:, 750ml

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Producer profile


Barbacan is a small, family-owned winery of only 6 hectares. The vineyards are located on terraced slopes characteristic of Valtellina, a narrow valley northeast of Milan, Lombardy. The steepness of the terraces makes working these vineyards extremely difficult, hence the designation "heroic viticulture". At Barbacan everything is done by hand in the most natural way possible: no chemicals in the vineyards or in the cellar, no industrial yeasts, spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, and no added sulfites. One of the few 100% natural winemakers in Valtellina. To some, they make the best natural wine in the area,

Wine region

Lombardia, Italy


Lombardy, in northern Italy, is surrounded by regions like Piedmont and Veneto. Historically, it's been a hub for trade, art, and innovation. Influences from civilizations like the Celts, Romans, and the Lombard League shaped its heritage. Milan, its capital, is globally recognized for culture and fashion. Its rich history influenced Lombardy's wine heritage.


Lombardy has varied terrains, from alpine north to fertile southern plains. The region boasts lakes like Garda, influencing its viticulture climate. Its diverse soils, ranging from glacial to clayey, contribute to its unique wine profiles.


Lombardy is known for its red wines, especially from grapes like Nebbiolo. Valtellina produces notable Nebbiolo wines. Oltrepò Pavese is famous for sparkling wines and Barbera reds. The region's white wines, from grapes like Trebbiano, are prominent. Franciacorta produces quality sparkling wines, while Lugana near Lake Garda is renowned for its Trebbiano wines.


Lombardy's cuisine, influenced by its varied landscape, includes staples like polenta and risotto. Dishes like Risotto alla Milanese represent the region. It's also known for cheeses like Taleggio. The food, paired with its wines, highlights Lombardy's traditions.

Frequently asked question

We will process and ship your order in 2-3 business days, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with tracking as soon as the Carrier scans the shipping label.

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East Coast: 5 business days

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If you miss a delivery and a package gets returned to us we have two options:

1) Reship the package right away: due to the very high cost of shipping and returns, we must charge a re-shipping fee to be determined based on package size and shipping destination.

2) Consolidate the returned package with your next order: this option is free of charge and it's the most popular option.

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What is natural wine?

What is natural wine?

Natural wine is a type of wine made in small batches from hand-harvested organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the cellar.
What is Biodynamics?

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamic wine is wine made with grapes farmed biodynamically. Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to farming.
What is organic wine?

What is organic wine?

Organic wine is made with grapes farmed organically. Organic farming is a type of farming alternative to conventional farming.
What is vegan wine?

What is vegan wine?

Vegan wine is wine made without using animal products during the fining phase of the clarification process. Before wine is bottled it is usually clarified.