Dissecting the name reveals two words, Negro and Amaro. In the native Italian tongue, Amaro means bitter, while Latin reveals Negro to mean black. While the grape is very dark in color and the wine is a brilliant shade of red, it is definitely not bitter. This brings rise to another theory that it’s not Amaro, but Maru, which shares roots with the word: Merum.
Merum was a wine brought to Puglia in the 7th century BCE by Illyrian colonists. Pliny the Elder is indicates that Manduria (a fairly populated city in Puglia) is viticulosa, that is to say “full of vineyards.” When Rome fell, and took much of civilization with it, winemaking survived mostly in monasteries. For this area that would be Murgia, and the Greek Orthodox in Salento.
Thus it is theorized that Negroamaro, is in fact, the grape used in the Merum wine of antiquity. Therefore the meaning of the name is not “black bitterness,” but “dark wine.” Order Now! You can buy this dark wine at good prices in our online shop. Our delivery is very fast and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.
There are minor Negroamaro vineyards in California and Australia, but it’s almost exclusively grown and vinified in Puglia Italy.