In 1999 the Falvo family, with over 40 years of experience in the wine business, purchased and renovated Masseria Li Veli in a remote corner of Apulia. The Falvos put their energies into restoring the production of wine varietals indigenous to the region but which many growers had pulled up to grow other grapes popular in international markets. As this part of Italy can be very hot, those Cabernets, Merlots and such weren’t well suited and the resulting wines failed. They showed poorly against the very ones the which the local producers had sought to emulate. Susumaniello is one of those grapes for which the family has had great success and as such, many of the neighbouring winemakers have once again started producing. The restoration of the these native varietals and the subsequent promotion of the Puglian viticulture has made Masseria Li Veli one of the most notable wineries in the region.
Ruby red in the glass, on the nose it presents a distinct red berries aroma; raspberry, sour cherry to blackcurrant, followed by licorice and rhubarb, the Garissa has a soft mouthfeel, freshness and a long finish. Great introduction to wines of this region for those who normally drink New World wines, ie; California, Australia, Argentina or BC.
Available at private liquor stores such as Blackfish Liquor in Gibsons. Approximately $27 before taxes.