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Black grape variety grown in Apulia

Notardomenico n.

The vine Notardomenico n. is present in part of Apulia, in particular in the area of brindisino.  Suitable for cultivation throughout the region, excluding Foggia.

Origin and Historical Outline

The Apulian vine Notardomenico n., a black-berried wine grape, currently has little diffusion in the territories of the Apulia region. It is currently cultivated mainly in Brindisi, almost always together with Ottavianello, with which it is also used for the production of DOC wine.


Notar Domenico.

Shoot tip: open, slightly fluffy, green.

Leaf: medium, pentagonal or circular, pentalobate. V-shaped petiole sinus, sometimes with overlapping lobes; U or V-shaped upper and lower lateral sinuses, the upper ones with slightly overlapping lobes, open lower ones. Slightly bullate blade, flat profile, sometimes twisted lobes.

Bunch: medium or medium-small, conical or cylindrical, plain or winged, medium-dense or loose.

Berry: medium, spheroid. Very pruinose, thin and soft skin; deep red to purplish.

Time of bud burst: intermediate

Flowering time: intermediate

Veraison: intermediate-early

Ripening: intermediate

Vigour: medium or good

Average bunch weight: 200 g (min 120 g – max 290 g)

Average berry weight: 3.2 g (min 2.6 g – max 4 g)

Number of seeds per berry: 1 3

Average rachis weight: 15 g

Fertility of buds: 1 – 2

Potential fertility: 1.4

Actual fertility: 1

Vine with a fair production, on fertile soils with a good texture it may be excessively vigorous.

Alcoholic content: 10 – 11.5 % by vol.

pH: 3.15 – 3.35

Total acidity: 7 – 9 g/l

The Notardomenico n. grape is currently used in Apulia only for the production of wine, whereas in the past it was sometimes also used for fresh consumption. It is almost never vinified as a single variety.

In the past, it was used purely for the production of rosé wine, using the white wine-making technique.

The Notardomenico n. vine is present in Apulia. It is registered among the varieties suitable for cultivation in the territories of all Apulian provinces except Foggia. It can also be used for the production of Ostuni PDO wine.

Antonacci Donato

The data sheet of the Notardomenico n.,revised and updated, is extracted from: Antonacci Donato (2006). Viti di Puglia, Adda publisher. Its use is granted by the author citing the source.