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Negroamaro

Negroamaro is an indegeous red variety in southern Italy, mostly grown in the Salento region in Puglia, the famous "heel of the boot" of Italian penninsula.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Negroamaro, which translates to “black and bitter” in Italian, the dark-skinned berries give the wine intense purplish ruby red color. It is known for its intense aromas of dark fruits and spices, as well as a taste profile of blackberry, black cherry, and plum. Other characteristics include anise, tobacco, and hints of vanilla, mocha, and leather.

Fresh Negroamaro grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

This southern Italian grape variety is most prominently grown in Salento region in the south of Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot. It is also found in small quantities in neighboring regions in Italy, as well as the USA and Australia. Negroamaro is highly resilient to the Mediterranean climate and can be grown in a wide range of soils. The grape is often blended with other varieties, such as Malvasia Nera and Primitivo. It is also used in the production of rosé wines. In Puglia, Negroamaro grape can be used to make both single varietal wine or blend with other regional grapes. The Negroamaro wine is full bodied, with rich black fruit flavors and medicinal notes. When in blend with Primitivo, it softens the tannins and add more herbal notes to the wine. The Negroamaro rosé wine from Salento is fruity, medium bodied with a moderate acidity. Negroamaro pairs nicely with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and hard cheeses.

Foods to pair with Negroamaro:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Negroamaro
Although Negroamaro is literally translated as "black and bitter" in Italian, some argue that due to its Greek origin, the "amaro" refers to the dark skin color of the grape, rather than the bitterness.

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Gran Passione Appassimento Organic is a remarkable wine that showcases the best of organic winemaking. Produced in a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted with utmost care and attention to detail. The vineyard features rich, fertile soil and ideal climate conditions, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves the traditional appassimento method, where the grapes are dried before fermentation, intensifying their flavors and aromas. The end result is a wine with a bold and robust character, characterized by deep, concentrated flavors of dark fruits, hints of spice, and a velvety smooth texture. Gran Passione Appassimento Organic is a true testament to the artistry and passion of winemaking.
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Luna Argenta Appassite Negroamaro - Primitivo is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Italian winemaking. Produced in a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The unique combination of Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes results in a rich and full-bodied wine with a deep ruby color. The winemaking process involves a meticulous appassimento technique, where the grapes are partially dried before fermentation, intensifying the flavors and aromas. The wine offers a harmonious balance of ripe dark fruits, velvety tannins, and a hint of spice, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a bold and elegant red wine experience.
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Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo Negroamaro del Salento is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of the Salento region in Italy. Crafted by a renowned family-owned winery, this wine is a true testament to their expertise and dedication. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's warm climate and fertile soil, resulting in rich and flavorful fruit. The winemaking process is carefully executed, with a focus on preserving the unique characteristics of the Negroamaro grape variety. The end result is a wine that is full-bodied, velvety, and brimming with notes of dark berries, spices, and a hint of chocolate. Perfect for those seeking a bold and expressive red wine experience.
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Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Leone de Castris winery in the Salice Salentino appellation of Italy. The vineyards are located in the heart of Salento, where the warm Mediterranean climate and the mineral-rich soil create the perfect conditions for growing high-quality grapes. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including a long maceration period and aging in oak barrels, resulting in a complex and full-bodied wine with a deep ruby color and intense aromas of dark fruit, spices, and tobacco. The wine is a perfect match for hearty meat dishes and aged cheeses, making it a must-try for any wine enthusiast.
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