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Susumaniello is a variety of red wine grape from the 'heel' of Italy. It is an ancient grape variety which is grown in the province of Brindisi in the southern Italian region of Puglia.


Dalmatia today seems to be the region from which most likely came to us this red grape variety, released some time nell'areale Brindisi. Its name derives from its abundant productivity that, in ancient times, "loaded his donkey." It has many synonyms including black donkey, Cozzomaniello, Black Grape, Ciuccipaniello, Zuzomaniello, Grismaniello, Zingariello. It is vinified primarily with other varieties, but alone can give wine colored, very fresh and fragrant, from the impression austere.


Wine regions

It is only found in the Italian region of Puglia (Apulia). Until recently the variety had fallen quite out of favour with viticuluralists; however, since 6 September 2003 it has been included in the list of varieties approved by the Puglia region for cultivation in the area of central Murgia. It is used as a blending grape in the production of both red and rosé wines such as the Negroamaro-based Brindisi Rosso and Brindisi Rosato and the Ottavianello-based Ostuni Ottavianello.

Follows, by region, a list of all DOC and DOCG is allowed where the use of this vine.

Puglia :
 - Brindisi: 0-30%
 - Ostuni: 0-15%

Viticulture and winemaking

Environmental and cultural characteristics and needs : it has medium leaf, pentagonal, five; medium cluster, pyramid, comprising, elongated, compact, medium berry, nodular pruinose, moderately thick but not very large, bluish, soft pulp with flavor rough and neutral flavor. In the early years has abundant production at maturity can vary considerably.

Diseases and adversity : it has particular problems with bad weather and pathogens.



Cozzomaniello, Cuccipaniello, Grismaniello, Mondonico, Puledro, Somarello Nero, Susomaniello, Susomariello Nero, Sussumariello, Susumariello Nero, Uva Nera, Zingarello, Zingariello, Zuzomaniello.


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