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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  • Perrini Negroamaro 2011


    Looking for red choices that are affordable and expand your palette, this is a wonderful food wine. Balanced with good fruit. Add a new grape to your wine book. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2011


    A hint of molasses and cherry on the nose with a clump of earth as well. Easy drinking style and quite fruity, with pleasant red berry and cherry notes and a finish with a touch of clay. 86 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... ... red based on indigenous Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. We are bullish on both the Negroamaro and the Primitivo of Conti Zecca from Leverano, close to Lecce, the Florence of Puglia. All of these wines are well made and of... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • Let’s just admit that, most likely, the closest thing that most American ... a Nero d’Avola and a Negroamaro. She described the wines much in the same way one would describe their favorite rugby player: “gutsy” and “brambly” were her choice descriptors.  Moving on to less controversial countries (the ones who aren’t participating in the Cup), ... Read More

    From the article What to drink during the Rugby World Cup? The Guardian's got the answer.

  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... his ... nero d’avola, negroamaro, montepulciano, aglianico, marzemino, refosco, lagrein, the lambruscos salamino and maestri …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware, vermentino, which is being made in s... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

  • 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

    From the article Value Southern Italians $15 and Under

  • 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

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