Name of varietal: Negroamaro
Common synonyms: Nero Amaro, Abbruzzese
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Puglia, Italy
History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter description is more of a description of its uniquely concentrated spicebox characteristics. It’s a grape that’s been enjoyed in some form since at least the 6th century in Puglia, Italy. It’s been an enduring varietal in the region since it’s easy to grow in abundance and resistant to diseases and low rainfall.  
The wines from Salento are considered the best examples of wines made from Negroamaro. It plays a key structural role in Salice Salentino, a popular red blend it shares with Malvasia Nera, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. 
Characteristics of the grape: deep, dark, medium tannins, soft, round, blackberries, black currants, clove, nutmeg, allspice Read more »

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  • Colonie Greche Salento Rosso San Donaci 1999


    Drinking it in April 2015 this wine should be way too old but surprisingly it was as fresh as if it was 3-4 years old. A very good wine with lots of blackberry, caremel and toffey. A strong full bodied wine which was excellent with beef. Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich

  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... ... nero d'Avola and negroamaro.  “On paper, perhaps, the idea of putting two tannic Italian red grapes … into the same vat, barrel or bottle as the famously fragrant and crisp German grape, riesling, sounds decidedly odd,' Allen pointed out. “But it works beau... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"

  • Dark and sweet won the day. Spanish winery Mamerto de la Vara's ... ... Chardonnay, a Syrah Rosso, a Negroamaro/Merlot, and a white wine. Chilean wines grabbed four silver medals at the exhibition, followed by two silvers for France and one silver apiece for Spain, Romania, Australia and New Zealand. Romania's lone winner was Jidvei's 2014 Cha... Read More

    From the article Spanish Winery Wins Grand Gold at 2014 Bulk Wine Competition

  • We are looking for great values, and you can find them from just about every ... from easy style.  Negroamaro: One of the great grapes of Puglia, the black bitter, as Negroamaro translates, has benefitted immensely from the modernization of the southern Italian wine industry. previously responsible for leather, broad, supple and slightly spicy... Read More

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  • Pietraluna Negroamaro Salento 2011


    Dark, earthy and focused on the nose with a hint of pencil lead laying over a base of sundried tomato, licorice and brunt herbal aromas. rather full in the mouth and a touch extracted with tannins that are a bit dry and forceful early on the palate followed by bright acids that help add some definition on the palate. The fruit feels a bit raw, m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Valle Dell'Asso Negramaro 2010


    Leathery, a bit sulphury, gently spicy and a bit toasty on the nose with slightly chalky and vegetal framing notes adding aromatic complexity. Bright, juicy and filled with sour cherry, rasp and tart plum flavors , this is rather light on its feet with a really light tough on the palate. Al red fruit and fresh with a brisk finish that shows a to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Perrini Salento Negroamaro 2011


    Very perfumed on the nose with a natural ferment array of earthy, herbal, and spicy fresh leathery and heathery aromas laced with fairly grape if fresh and pure fruit. Showing great freshness and clarity on the palate, this is clear and transparent with lovely wild cherry and blackberry flavors that cover subtle spice and vaguely herbal nuance w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Salice Salentino Riserva Sigillus Primus 2008


    Chalky and a bit astringent on the nose with an unusual spice note that melds cedar with iris, grilled beef, and beet root. Fascinating on the nose. In the mouth this is medium plus bodied and yet it remains quite light on its feet with early suggestions of leather and juniper on the palate followed by slight bitter and earthy, if clear and fre... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hisotelarayn Filari de Sant'Antoni Negroamaro Salento 2012


    Really gorgeously perfumed on the nose with spicy, muscatty floral tones, a hint of plum liquor, touches of smoke, sweet baking spices and pomegranate all coming together elegantly. Very well integrated in the mouth with an elegance to it and soft polish to the slight drying tannins that are embedded in a core of black cherry fruit. With enough... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Felline Salento Rosso Alberello 2011


    Complex and nuanced on the nose with a hint of musky florality followed by some toasty soil notes, black tea, tobacco, and slightly medicinal vegetal aromas. Rather powerful but super well balanced in the mouth with great supporting acids and ripe, slightly chewy tannins covered with fresh black cherry and plum fruit that retains some of the bla... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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  • The Negroamaro and Salice Salentino wines from the Puglia region are phenomenal with a deep red color and incredible rich full flavor without many tannins. Extraordinary!

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