The vine Susumaniello, probably of Dalmatian origin, has spread a long time in Apulia, in the province of Brindisi. The name comes from its abundant productivity that allowed literally to “loading the donkey” (caricare il somaro).
The high productivity of this grape falls drastically with the age of strain, up to reach, with the maturity of the plant, the maximum amount of not more than 1-1.2 kg per strain. The high productivity of the young vines, in the past times was used for the production of the sweet extract purchased by wineries in northern Italy. The exhaustion of demand for these products has made void the interest in Susumaniello, but the fact that the most mature plants give low production, but high concentratrate in the extracts of berries, accompanied by a good fixed acidity, allowed its rediscovering as a grape to get great red wines from, both alone and in combination with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Brindisi.
The berry is black, medium, spheroid with waxy, medium thick but not very consistent, bluish skin. The bunch is medium, pyramidal, composed, elongated and compact with a medium, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf.
Susumaniello grape is characterized by high productivity and long pruning.
Susumaniello vine gives an intense ruby red wine. The fragrance is fruity and vegetal, with a certain “rustic” tone. The flavor expresses a high alcohol content, tannic and with a good dose of acidity that makes it a wine prepared to a medium aging.