Negroamaro Negroamaro is one of many fascinating grapes unique to the deep south of Italy. And it's far more appetising than its name - meaning 'the black bitter one' - would suggest. Negroamaro gives deeply coloured, richly flavoured wines, full of character. The finest examples have a dark, bitter chocolate quality, but with abundant plum, prune and savoury complexity to balance. The wines of Salice Salentino and Squinzano, both from the 'heel' of Italy, are some of the best. Negroamaro is occasionally bottled on its own but often blended with Malvesia Nera, to give it a softer heel. Signature Style Rustic in character, combining perfume with an earthy richness Famous Examples Colucci Riserva, Masseria Cavallo Principal regions Puglia Synonyms Negroamaro Did you know? Negroamaro is among the most planted red grapes in Italy. The heel of Italy alone makes more wine than the whole of Australia. If you like Negroamaro, you might also like: Primitivo - another larger-than-life, southern Italian variety said to be related to Zinfandel. Nero d'Avola - An equally delicious grape from Sicily.