Known also as Arbese, Jonico, Nero leccese, Niuru Maru, the Negroamaro vine is one of the most representative vine of the area of Salento, in Apulia. The origin of the name is uncertain: according to someone it comes from the local dialect word “niuru maru” referring to the wine’s strong taste. Other thinks that the word comes from two word “nigra” and “mauru”, both meaning the black grape skin and the wine intense color.
Its presence in Salento is fully documented by the 1800th. Today the Negroamaro is widely planted in Apulia with more than 17.000 hectares. It is especially typical to the provinces of Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto, where it thrives a perfect microclimate and soil.
The traditional pruning methods are the Goblet, called “alberello pugliese”, or the Cordon Spur for the newer vineyards; These vines produce an high and regular yield which is harvested as of the second half of September until the first half of October.
The Negroamaro produces an intense ruby red wine that takes on a hint of garnet after a few years. The aromas are intense fruity and floral with a spicy and toasted note if oak aged.
It is the main varietal found in the following Apulian DOP: Alezio, Brindisi, Copertino, Leverano, Matino, Ostuni, Salice Salentino, Galatina, Lizzano, Nardò, Gioia del Colle, Rosso di Cerignola and Squinzano.