This variety of large black grape native to Penedès, Catalonia, is extremely rare, with a total growth of only around 100 hectares. It is difficult to believe that it once outgrew even Garnacha/Grenache in Spain, where the latter is now ubiquitous. Like so many varieties, Sumoll was devastated by the 19th century phylloxera epidemic, which saw vineyard after vineyard of the low yielding, difficult to grow Sumoll torn up and replaced with more fashionable, productive grapes.
Sumoll is usually used in red and rosé blends, but it can also be found in varietal form. The wines have a strong minerality and cherry flavour, and are quite low in acidity, so best drunk young. The word sumoll comes from the Catalan for withering/maturing.