From the fifteenth century it spread from Spain to Italy, more specifically Sardinia where it is still grown and known as Cannonau, as is the wine made from it. It’s just a short step from the island of Sardinia to southern Italy and it wasn’t long before the vine was also flourishing in Sicily, where it found the ideal climate for producing a well-structured wine which is both harmonious and well-balanced. The colour is ruby red with purplish tones tending to garnet with aging; it has an aroma of ripe red fruit and spices and an aftertaste of almonds.
This grape variety contributes to the alcoholic strength of Suber and gives it hints of intense, exotic, spicy perfumes.
Leaf: medium, circular, five-lobed, sometimes three-lobed
Bunch: medium, conical-cylindrical, tight, sometimes winged
Berry: medium spherical, thick, pruinose skin, dark blue tending to purple in colour.
Provinces of Catania and Messina.