Bonarda is a name applied to several different grape varieties used to make red wine:

  • Charbono of California is widely grown in Argentina as Bonarda. It originates in Savoie, where it is known as Corbeau or Douce Noir ("Sweet Black"), but is not the same as Piedmont's Dolcetto. This grape is known in Italy as Dolce Nero ("Sweet Black") and it is believed that the same translations of these two grape names has led to the frequently-quoted statement that they are the same grape. Dolcetto ripens early and makes a light, fruity wine, while Charbono is very late to ripen and makes wines of great substance.
  • Bonarda Piemontese is grown in Piedmont, around Turin, and makes a light, fruity wine. It may be labelled as Bonarda dell'Astigiano, Bonarda di Chieri, Bonarda di Gattinara or Bonarda del Monferrato.
  • Croatina grown in Lombardy, around Pavia, is known as Bonarda dell'Oltrepò Pavese, making a mildly tannic wine similar in style to Dolcetto.
  • Uva Rara is called Bonarda Novarese in Novara and Vercelli.