89 Pts Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
"Deep ruby-red. Typical negroamaro aromas of blackcurrant, underbrush and shoe polish. Dense, thick and sweet but with integrated acidity framing the flavors of blackcurrant, tobacco and earth. The clean, long finish features smooth tannins." 89 Points - Ian Dagata - International Wine Cellar
"Negramaro is the most important vine in Puglia and more precisely of salento, and it is the principal component of a lot of DOCs. It is the basic element of our wine business in the production of red and rosÃ¨ wines.
We are unsured of the origins of this vine, neverthless we are almost certain that it was cultivated during the epoch of the Greek colonization, in the VII-VIII century A.C."
"This thesis seems to be confirmed by the name Negramaro, that neither comes from, as some claim, the dialect name "niuru maru used by the locals, nor from its bitterish taste, but from two words indicating both the black color: the Latin Nigra and the Greek Mavros, used together to underline the intense dark black colour, both of the peel of the grape and of the gotten wine." -Winery
"Conti Zecca winery in Puglia, Italy, has a five century history made up of passion, tradition and innovation that have brought it to become one of the most important wine producers of Puglia and Italy.
The Neapolitan family moved to Puglia, and more precisaly in the district of Leverano, in the heart of Salento, South Italy, in 1500 and began an intense agricultural activity on his own estates."
"In the course of the centuries the family concern evolved and in 1935 Count Alcibiade Zecca, a man blessed with courage and entrepreneurial abilities, decided to vinify his personal grapes cultivated on his own estates: the wine cellar of Leverano was built and this town became one of the most important trading districts in Puglia and South Italy.
After the Second World War Alcibiade 's son, Count Giuseppe, introduced new techniques of vine-growing and in the winery he introduced the bottling of wine.
Since 1500 the Conti Zecca 's wine passion carries on."
"Today the heirs - Count Alcibiade, Count Francesco, Count Luciano and Count Mario - carry on the family tradition devoting themselves to the family concern: from the selection of the ideal environment and the ideal clones to the planting of the vineyard, from the choice of the ideal agronomic techniques and the ideal grape harvesting time to the vinification and the bottling, for the production of high quality wines, considered among the best wines of Puglia." -Winery