Common synonyms: Apiana, Apiano, Fiana, Fiano di Avellino, Fiore Mendillo, Foiano, Latina Bianca, Latina Bianca di Barletta, Latino, Latino Bianco, Minutola, Minutolo, and Santa Sofia

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Fiano hails from Campania, where much of Italy’s viticultural heritage remains preserved. The Romans used this grape to make a wine called Apianum high in the forested hills around the town of Avellino. Though Fiano is grown throughout the area, all the way down to the coast, these hills are still where the best Fiano comes from. Indeed, people say that those woods are the source of Fiano’s distinctive wild, piney, herbaceous flavor. In 1980, the area was hit by an earthquake, which destroyed its quaint, medieval wine towns. They still make wine from this ancient variety, however. Some producers have attempted to age Fiano in new oak, but most agree that it is too delicate for this treatment.

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  • Coriole is one of our favourite places to visit. Its situated in McLaren Vale, ... ... a local platter. Their fiano and prosecco were my favourites. They are starting to introduce a lot more Italian varieties to the region. The estate has great gardens and views. We will definitely be back in the summer!Andrew,~ Vine Guide http://www.vineguid... Read More

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  • Just served a very late lunch (started eating at 3:30) on a Friday afternoon ... Campania, this one a 2011 Fiano by Villa Diamante, and another Loire red, this one a 2013 Bourgueil by Catherine and Pierre Breton. Should be an interesting comparison between the two southern Italian whites, and the two cab francs. We'll likely be focusing more o... Read More

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  • Pelaverga:  Burlotto makes one.  It wasn't my favorite.  ... geek bro-hood grows. Fiano:  Super common white around my house. Ruche:  I had a few of those in Barolo, mostly remember Francesco Rinaldi's version.  Again, not my favorite. Even one of the "lighter" or earlier maturing nebbiolos is young at 7+ years, but I'm not convinced that you ... Read More

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  • Could have very well gotten a little carried away with the best friends ... ... Have yet to try Pelaverga or Fian Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • Hi Demelza.  That wine of course is Chardonnay, so you can find other ... ... or some Italian grapes like Fiano or Arneis. Those aren't necessarily easy to find in some places but if you're in New York, you're OK. If you're in NYC, try a few places like Astor Wines, Chambers Street, Flatiron or Uva. They'll help you ou Read More

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  • Hello all I am Demelza.I feel great to be a part of this forum.  Read More

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  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple ... ... and, to a degree, south (Fiano, etc.)  Stunning bargains can be had. JD, was the the Serralunga for $40?  Not a cru but a "village" Barolo at that price is still quite a deal.  Which vintage?&nbs Read More

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  • Not to mention words to live by...I also find Italian whites a little bitter, ... bitter, ... Falanghina and Fiano are available more widely than most, Liveli is a bit brand for Fiano from Puglia and a go-to on my list.I tried that Sonoma-Loeb on your recommendation and it was "not among the best wines I've ever had" but I absolutely finished... Read More

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  • NG, anything that is drinkable at that price is a deal.  But these days ... you can score whites from Fiano, Falanghina and a host of native white grapes for not a ton.GregT, thanks for the info on Gypsy.  Sadly, a lot of TJ wines are just Wine Group or Bronco junk these days.  There's certainly a place for the blenders and negociants at the t... Read More

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