Bombino Nero is native to Puglia and cultivated only in this Region. Although its origin is uncertain, its presence in this area certainly predates the 1875 Bollettino Ampelografico (Ampelographic Bulletin). Its name could derive from its cluster, since the compact, double-winged shape reminded observers in the past of a child (bambino) with its arms outstretched; another possibility, however, is the term “buonvino” (good wine), since it produces consistent crops and gives a heavy yield in must.
Bombino Nero develops a bluish berry with a thin skin; not only is it late-ripening, but the ripeness is never complete in the interior of the cluster, where some berries may even lack pigment. As a result, the variety delivers a high acidity and low levels of sugars, which makes it ideal for the production of rosés. It is widely planted in northern Puglia, and since 2011 is the primary variety in the Castel del Monte-Bombino Nero DOCG.