Unwind at the Barbera Festival: A Celebration of Wine and Community

Imagine a day where the golden hues of the Sierra Foothills meet the ruby red of Barbera wine, where the air is filled with laughter, music, and the enticing aroma of gourmet food. As summer gives way to the crisp beginnings of fall, there’s a special event that encapsulates this idyllic scene – the Barbera Festival.

On September 9th, 2023, the historic Terra d’Oro winery will open its doors to wine lovers from Northern California, Nevada, and beyond for a celebration of Barbera, a cherished Italian wine grape varietal that . This event, curated by the Amador Vintners Association, is not just a wine festival; it’s a sensory journey featuring food, music, crafts, and games that promises an enjoyable Saturday in wine country as well as an opportunity to raise money for a local charity, the Amador Community Foundation.

Celebrating Barbera: A Journey Through Time and Taste

The Barbera Festival, now in its 10th year, is a testament to the enduring allure of Barbera wine and its place in the Sierra Foothills region. Over 40 wineries will be presenting their unique renditions of this versatile grape, offering a tasting experience that spans the spectrum of Barbera’s potential. While Barbera may not be a household name in the U.S., it has found a special home in the Sierra Foothills and Amador County specifically. The Terra d’Oro winery, host of this year’s event, is home to some of the oldest Barbera plantings in the country, making it a fitting stage for this grand celebration.

Barbera: The People’s Wine

Barbera, often referred to as “the people’s wine” in its native Italy, is known for its bright acidity, full body, and rich, dark fruit flavors. This makes it an incredibly food-friendly wine, pairing well with a wide range of dishes. Its versatility and approachability have made it a favorite among Italian tables and are part of the reason why it’s gaining popularity in the U.S. and beyond.

A Festival of Flavors and Philanthropy

The Barbera Festival is a feast for all senses. Alongside the grand tasting, you’ll be treated to gourmet food from top chefs, each dish crafted to complement the vibrant flavors of Barbera wine. Live music will set the rhythm of the day, while local artists add a splash of color and creativity to the proceedings. The festival also has a heart, with a portion of the net proceeds going to the Amador Community Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting local projects and non-profits.

Premier Access: Elevating Your Experience

This year, the festival introduces the Premier Access area, a VIP experience offering special live music, exclusive catering, and an array of wine varietals from our winery sponsors. This area, located in the winery’s barrel room, offers a cool, relaxing lounge for guests to unwind. And if you’re arriving in style with a limo or bus, Premier Access has got you covered with dedicated parking.

WITHWINE: Your Personal Wine Companion

To enhance your festival experience, the Amador Vintners Association is introducing the WITHWINE app. This all-inclusive app will be your personal wine companion, featuring everything from the event program to a wine tasting map and tracker. You can record your tasting notes, mark your favorite wines, and even purchase them directly through the app. It’s like having a personal sommelier at your fingertips!


The Barbera Festival is more than just a wine event; it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the art of winemaking. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a wine-curious explorer, this festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Barbera. It’s an easy drive of an hour (or less) from the Sacramento area and the event even offers a special discounted pass for designated drivers and not that much further from the San Francisco Bay Area. Local newspapers are already raising awareness for this special event like this article in Roseville Today.

So, if you’re interested definitely get your tickets soon as they will likely sell out prepare for a day of unforgettable experiences at the Barbera Festival. Tickets for Premier Access and general admission can be found online at www.BarberaFestival.com.

Join us as we raise a glass to Barbera, to the community, and to the joy of unwinding! See you there!




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