NERO DI VELLUTO Negroamaro is a red wine Salento IGT produced by the Feudi of Guagnano winery in Guagnano (Lecce_Puglia/Italy). Its production is limited to about 10,000 bottles a year, all hand-numbered, obtained only in the best years from a vineyard in 1935.
The name of this wine originates from some writings of the 20th century by the writer G. Palumbo. In describing the Salento grape harvest, Palumbo wrote: “at the end of September, at the first light of morning, when the sun’s rays penetrate the leaves of the Negroamaro vineyards, the most mature bunches take on a characteristic color that resembles that of black velvet”.
The grapes that are used to produce this special wine come from sapling plants of more than 80 years grown on medium-textured soils in the Guagnano area. The harvest takes place in the second decade of October and the best bunches are separated from the rest and collected manually in wooden boxes. Subsequently, the grapes are left to dry for thirty days in naturally ventilated rooms. The withering reduces by about 40% of the liquid part contained in the berries. At the end of the withering period, the grapes are subjected to gentle crushing and destemming. The fermentation of the grapes lasts about two weeks. The wine then matures for 12 months in French oak barrels and for another 6 months or so it continues its aging in bottles.
NERO DI VELLUTO has an intense red color, enveloping and warm tones. In the mouth, it is velvet, with spicy notes of black pepper, tobacco and cocoa. it is a long-lived wine that knows how to best express itself even after 15-20 years of aging.