In a Nutshell
Susumaniello is a delightful word to enounce and means ‘little donkey’ in Puglian dialect, a nod to its traditionally high yields if left unchecked
Ripe black fruit aromas lead to a palate of rich, robust plummy fruit - perfectly balanced by fresh acidity and lightly floral notes.
The lesser-known Susumaniello grape is native to the Brindisi area, and possibly related to Sangiovese. It had almost disappeared, but Vallone were one of the pioneers of its rediscovery, planting 10 hectares of bush vines on their Castelserranova estate, up the coast from Brindisi. Though capable of abundant yields, ruthless crop thinning transforms the quality - Vallone’s vineyards manage just 30hl/ha. Fermented and matured in stainless steel.
Araldica is Piemonte’s most progressive co-operative, situated in Castel Boglione, in the heart of Barbera d’Asti territory. Here they work with 230 grower members to source quality grapes from around 690ha of vineyards.