Susumaniello is an obscure grape variety from the region of Puglia in Italy. As a red varietal, it is known for its rich, deep inky color, intense aromas and flavors, and ability to make wines that are both powerful and elegant.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Susumaniello is a red grape varietal that produces wines of a deep inky color. Its aromas are intense and distinctive, with notes of blackberry, raspberry, and violets. On the palate, it has a medium body and high acidity, with flavors of ripe fruits, dark chocolate, and spices.

Fresh Susumaniello grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Susumaniello is mainly found in Puglia in the south of Italy, especially in the "heel" of Italy, the Salento region. It is used to make wines from Puglia’s Brindisi DOC and Squinzano DOC. Susumaniello is a vigorous, high-yielding variety, but the yield drops drastically when the vines grow older. It suits the warm conditions of Salento region in Puglia. Susumaniello was once forgotten as it was used to make sweet extract in the past. The recent come back is due to the increase of quality of the grapes, with the age of vines. It can be made as a varietal wine, or blend with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Brindisi. Susumaniello is used to make fruity wines with flavors of ripe red fruits and spices. Wines made from Susumaniello tend to be medium to full-bodied and have a good acidity and tannic structure. They are well-balanced and have a good length on the palate. Susumaniello pairs well with rich, savory dishes such as pasta with red sauce, roasted meats, and cheeses. It also goes well with grilled vegetables, especially those with sweet notes such as bell peppers and eggplant.

Foods to pair with Susumaniello:

Deep fried
Fun Fact about Susumaniello
Susumaniello is derived from "somarello" ("donkey" in Italian), a reference that donkeys were used to transport the grapes.

Top Wines with Susumaniello

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Tenute Rubino Oltremé Susumaniello

Tenute Rubino

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Tenute Rubino Oltremé Susumaniello is a captivating red wine that showcases the unique characteristics of the Susumaniello grape variety. Produced by Tenute Rubino, a renowned winery in the Apulia region of Italy, this wine is crafted with utmost care and expertise. The grapes are sourced from vineyards that benefit from the region's warm climate and mineral-rich soils, resulting in a wine with intense flavors and aromas. The winemaking process involves careful fermentation and aging in oak barrels, which adds complexity and depth to the final product. Oltremé Susumaniello is known for its full-bodied nature, vibrant acidity, and notes of dark fruits, spices, and herbs. It is a wine that truly captures the essence of Apulia's winemaking tradition.
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Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello

Li Veli

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Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Italian winery Li Veli. This wine is made from the Susumaniello grape variety, which is grown in the Salento region of Puglia, Italy. The vineyards are located in a warm and sunny climate, with soils rich in limestone and clay. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied, with intense aromas of dark fruit, spices, and a hint of vanilla. The tannins are firm yet smooth, making it a perfect pairing for hearty meat dishes. Overall, Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello is a unique and flavorful wine that showcases the best of Puglia's winemaking traditions.
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