The pantheon of Barbera wines has been enlarged with the addition of a new Super Barbera. Created solely with the homonymous grape variety through a process without enrichment, Nizza DOCG is the pinnacle of Barbera wine in the Italian region of Piemonte. It is produced in just 18 locales south of Asti around the town of Nizza Monferrato.
With the adoption of stricter rules at the end of 2013, it is the most recent step in an over ten year effort that the local producing consortium has taken to reach an even higher level of quality. Three bureaucratic steps remain in Turin, Rome and Brussels and the acknowledgment will be official. There will also be a Nizza Riserva, with 30 months in the cellar, at least 12 of which in oak barrels.
With a fabric of manufacturers active since 2000, 46% this Barbera exports to Germany, Switzerland, the USA, China, Holland and Denmark. A symbol of a dynamic territory that is pushing into the highest echelon of wines with noble force, the restriction of altering alcohol content means that in bad years it simply will not be made. Nonetheless, the group is aiming high, with the production of 1 million bottles and 44 chosen producers by 2015 as a primary objective.