From day one, the philosophy behind Cusumano has been to emphasise the importance of knowledge of terroir. The Cusumano winery was established in 2000 when brothers Alberto and Diego took over the management of the company from their father, Francesco. With the help of an intimate knowledge of the Sicilian terrain and consultant winemaker Mario Ronco, the Cusumano brothers today own over 400 hectares of vineyards across 7 holdings throughout Sicily. The locations of their vineyards in allow maximum expression of not only the indigenous Sicilian grape varieties, but also classic varietals that, according to Diego, evolve to take on their own Sicilian identity. The estate has developed reputation for quality, due in part to Diego and Alberto’s setting the highest quality standards to every area of production, from vineyard to bottle to company identity. Testimony to this is the praise the winery has received from day one. Their flagship wine, Noa, was the first wine ever to receive a Tre Bicchieri at the Gambero Rosso on its very first vintage, and the Italian and International awards have been flooding in ever since.
A blend of Nero d’Avola, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Noà shows excellent concentration and intensity with lingering tones of ripe blackberry, cinnamon, wet earth and Graham cracker. It’s a bold red wine, but the distinctive Nero d’Avola personality comes through nicely, linking the wine to its territory.