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 itsDOCG classification in 2008, adding to Piedmont's already impressive standing at this 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. Barbera d'Asti is a particularly good ageing wine, with the potential to reward cellaring for up to eight years. At its best it is a rich, tangy, full-bodied wine characterized by an intense ruby-red color which graduates towards garnet red with age.