The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Malvasia Negra, Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Bari, Malvasia Nera di Bitonto, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Malvasia Nera di Trani and Malvasia Niura. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with part of the name Malvasia (look there). According to 2013 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Malvasia Bianca Lunga x Negroamaro, It was found that the Malvasia Nera di Lecce variety, which had previously been regarded as an independent variety, was identical. There is also morphological Similarities to the variety Malvasia Nera di Basilicata,
The medium to late ripening vine produces slightly aromatic red wines. It is mainly used in Apulia grown in the provinces of Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto, where they often use the two varieties Negroamaro and Susumaniello is blended. There are further stocks in Calabria and in the Tuscany, The variety is approved in many DOC wines, among others Aleatico di Puglia. alezio. Bolgheri. Brindisi. Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera. Copertino. Cortona. Gioia del Colle. Leverano. Lizzano. Matino. Monte Carlo. nardò. Ostuni. Salice Salentino. Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto. Squinzano and Terra d'Otranto, In Italy it is grown on 1,281 hectares with a strongly falling trend. Ten years earlier it was 2,286 hectares (Malvasia Nera di Brindisi) and 669 hectares (Malvasia Nera di Lecce). In Spain it occupies a total of 33 hectares. In 2010 a total of 1,314 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service