Perfect Negroamaro! More harvest notes from Gianni

From Gianni’s Facebook, posted earlier this week…

negroamaroOne of the strange things about this vintage is the level of ripening and veraison [onset of ripening] of late-ripening red grape varieties like Negroamaro [above] and Montepulciano.

Now we just need the tramontana [the north wind] and some sunny days and we’ll have a great harvest.

As I’m writing this, I’m crossing my fingers and everything else I can!

Look at the fantastic Negroamaro [in the photo] from Filippi in Salice Salentino! It’s the result of a perfect pairing of clone and rootstock. The funny thing is that this happened by chance! And it shows that we still have much work to do in understanding how to get the best from this grape variety.

Gianni Cantele
grape grower and winemaker

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