Nero di Velluto is a Negroamaro Salento IGT wine of intense red color, enveloping and warm and velvety in the mouth, with spicy notes of black pepper, tobacco and cocoa. Its production is limited to about 10,000 bottles per year, all hand-numbered, obtained only in the best vintages by a vineyard of 1935.
The name of this wine originates from some writings of the 20th century by the writer G. Palumbo who in describing the Salento harvest wrote: at the end of September at the early morning lights, when the rays of the sun penetrate among the leaves of the vineyards of Negro Amaro, the ripe bunches assume a distinctive color that resembles that of black velvet.
The grapes that are used to produce this special wine come from tree plants of more than 80 years grown on medium-sized land in the territory of Guagnano. The harvest takes place in the second decade of October: the best bunches are separated from the rest and harvested manually in wooden boxes. Subsequently, the grapes are allowed to dry for thirty days in naturally ventilated premises. Abutment reduces the liquid part contained in the acines by approximately 40%. At the end of the drainage period, the grapes are subjected to slight pressing and delicacy. Grapes fermentation lasts about two weeks. The wine then matures for 12 months in French oak barriques and for another 6 months continues its aging in bottle. Nero di Velluto is a long-lasting wine that can express itself even better after 15-20 years of aging.