Susumaniello, Italian Wines of the South
Susumaniello is an Italian red wine that is synonymous with the region of Puglia’s contemporary winemaking. Susumaniello wine is born using a rigorously local varietal (autoctono in Italian) that has been cultivated for centuries. Less famous than cousins Primitivo and Negroamaro, Susumaniello is experiencing a renewed season of discovery for connoisseurs, thanks to efforts from producers to restore value to traditional varieties, by resurecting a treasure that formerly was tied to making small-scale cultivation profitable.
Susumaniello it seems owes the curious name to the word somarello, or “donkey”. This type of grape is so productive during the first years to exceed every conceivable limit, just like the proverbial namesake. Sumariello nero tranformed into Susumaniello in a dialect the world’s wine enthusiasts are starting to understand.
This Italian red wine was used for blending for much of history, but an optimal Susumaniello wine in its own right is being produced due to large harvests with good levels of acidity. On the vine, it grows in classic long, pyramid shaped clusters. To the palate, Susumaniello is dry, warm and soft, intense and persistent, with notes of cherries and plums.