Negroamaro is a red wine grape variety that is predominantly grown in the Puglia region of southern Italy. The name Negroamaro is derived from the Italian words “negro” (meaning black) and “amaro” (meaning bitter), referring to the grape’s dark color and intense flavor profile.
Negroamaro wines are known for their deep, rich color, and full-bodied, complex flavor. The wine typically has high tannins and acidity, which make it a good candidate for aging. The aroma is characterized by dark fruit, such as black cherry and blackberry, as well as hints of spice and leather.
The wine is often used in blends, but it can also be found as a single varietal wine. When used in blends, Negroamaro is often paired with other grape varieties, such as Primitivo, to add complexity and structure.
Negroamaro is a versatile wine that can be paired with a wide range of foods, including grilled meats, stews, and roasted vegetables. It is also a good match for hard cheeses, such as Pecorino Romano and aged cheddar.
Some of the most notable DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) for Negroamaro wines include Salice Salentino and Copertino, both located in the Puglia region of Italy. These wines are highly regarded for their quality and are often considered some of the best examples of Negroamaro wines.