The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Abbruzzese, Albese, Amaro Nero, Arbise, Don Ambrosio, Jonico, Lacrima, Lacrimo, Negro Amaro, Nero Amaro, Mangiaverme, Mentuonico, Morese, Negra Della Lorena, Nero Leccese, Nigroamaro, Purcinara, San Marcuno, Uva Cane and Uva Olivella. The name means "black bitters", suggesting a high tannin content. According to another version, this is a double emphasis (Latin nigra and Greek mavro for black) of the dark berry color. According to one hypothesis, an ancestor was supposedly introduced by Greek colonists as early as the 7th century BC. The ancestry (parentage) is unknown. However, according to DNA analyses conducted in 2011, no relationships to Greek varieties could be determined. Also a suspected parent-offspring relationship to the Sangiovese variety has not been confirmed. From a presumably natural crossing Malvasia Bianca Lunga x Negroamaro, the variety Malvasia Nera di Brindisi has emerged. There is also an early ripening variety called Negroamaro Précoce.
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