Copertino is made 70 per cent from Negro Amaro grapes. The variety is clearly the best for the production of the typical rosé wines of the Salento. The variety’s grapes offer a wide range of shadings, ranging from ruby red to garnet, and their wines have a pleasantly bitterish vein.
The remaining 30 per cent of the wine’s composition consists of must from the Malvasia Nera di Brindisi and Malvasia Nera di Lecce varieties. The two varieties have many characteristics in common, such as the form of their clusters, the color of their grapes and the period of their ripening. The sole difference between the two Malvasias is the flavors of their musts, which are due to climatic and soil conditions.
The name of the Copertino wine is derived from that of a community in the province of Lecce, which is the center of its production. Its production is much appreciated not only in Italy but also abroad. Copertino Rosso, especially the Riserva, can be considered one of the leading premium wines of the Salento.