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.

Characteristics of the grape: piney, herbaceous, with Read more »

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  • Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino 2008


    This smells of mineral rich earth and bonfires, quartz with some lightly fried fruit and floral notes. In the mouth this is so focused and well defined. It's not a fruity wine offering up layers of quartz, mineral smoke and candewax over base notes of dried citrus peels but the beauty here is in the purity and length this wine brings tot he tabl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I posted this question because someone on another thread referred to Merlots as "tannic" and I don't think of them that way.  But I also realize I am less sensitive to tannins than to, for example, acidity.  I have to stop and think about whether tannins are high or medium, although I can kind of quantify them if I stop and think.I think of tann... Read More

    Forum post in the topic which varietals are most tannic?

  • Mandrarosso Fiano 2009


    A little too tart Read More

    Wine review by triwine

  • Feudi di San Gregorio White Blend Campania IGT Privilegio 2006


    Seemed to me a lot like (unfortified) dry sherry. Both as to color and flavor.Same goes for it at room temperature and chilled. Is it possible that I somehow got an inferior bottle? Read More

    Wine review by Byron Leon

  • Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano Fiano di Avellino 2008


    Seemed to me a lot like (unfortified) dry sherry. Both as to color and flavor. (I may write more later, because my single exposure so far is a glass at room temperature. Cooling might pump my rating up by one. Takes a while because my ration is one alcoholic drink per day. Cholesterol, you know.) Read More

    Wine review by Byron Leon

  • Are you drinking enough Italian whites?Probably not. In fact, you’ve ... ... to be the 2009 Monte Faliese Fiano di Avellino.Photo courtesy Stefano Pertusati via Flickr/C Read More

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  • Monte Faliesi Fiano di Avellino 2009


    Light and crisp palate with a perfect finish. Lemon undertones and a hint of honeycomb make for a perfect summer sipping wine Read More

    Wine review by KristinW

  • Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino 2009


    This is fairly fruity on the nose, and could be easy to dismiss with the prominent apricot fruit but further inspection reveals lovely fennel, honeycomb, and jasmine undertones. Rather lean on the palate, fresh and direct with an impression that is very similar to the aromatics, apricot with fennel edges and some light hazelnuts tones picking up... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Monte Faliesi Fiano di Avellino 2009


    Almond and granite greet the nose here along with light notes of heather and ... ... a lovely expression of Fiano. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fiano di Avellino di Prisco Wines " White 2009


    Acidic, buttery smell. Taste of green apples, mildly acidic and sweet. Overall very smooth and refreshing, great for a hot summer day. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor

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