Barbera d’Asti is one of the most famous wines from the Piedmont region of north-western Italy. It became a DOC in 1970 and was upgraded to its DOCG classification in 2008, adding to Piedmont’s impressive haul of DOCG titles (the highest level of Italian wine classification). The Barbera d’Asti title covers the area around the town of Asti, and exclusively focuses on red wines made from Barbera. Softer and more approachable in its youth than the Nebbiolo used to make Piedmont’s most prestigious wines, Barbera is a firm favorite among winemakers and consumers. It is also the region’s most widely planted red-wine variety.