Officially introduced at the same time as the Negroamaro di Terra d'Otranto DOC, the Terra D’Otranto DOC, which comprises the provinces of Taranto, Brindisi, and Lecce, is dedicated to all of the main grape varieties grown on the Salentine peninsula, and not simply to Negroamaro, which, however, retains its place of honour. The production code allows a number of wines. The whites that do not list specific varieties contain a minimum of 70% Chardonnay, while the reds are composed of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, and Primitivo, which either singly or together must make up no less than 70% of the blend. Numerous wines may list the grape on the label: Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca, Fiano, Verdeca, Aleatico, Malvasia Nera, and Primitivo, and in that case the variety must amount to a minimum of 90%. A red wine may be designated Riserva when matured for 24 months.
Categories: Rosso (red), Rosato (rosé), Bianco (white), Riserva (reserve), Spumante (sparkling), Frizzante (semi-sparkling).