Black grape variety sometimes written Negro Amaro, it is one of the flagship grapes of its native home in Southern Italy, where it is mostly grown in Puglia - specifically in Salento. It is blended with Malvasia Nera for the production of DOC wines such as Copertino, Salice Salentino, Brindisi, Leverano and Squinzano. It has not been established whether or not the name is derived from the colour 'negro', and the taste 'amaro', (meaning bitter), or from 'nigra' in Latin and 'mavro' in Greek - both referring to its colour which one of its synonyms 'Nigramar' would suggest. Negroamaro is vigorous, high-yielding, and best grown on calcareous soils - it thrives in Puglia. The variety has also been introduced into America where it makes high quality wines.