Nero d'Avola

 

Name of varietal: Nero d’Avola
 
Common synonyms: Calabrese, le vin medecine
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Sicily, Italy
 
History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was first identified. It’s been grown and produced for centuries. But besides local consumption, it was not widely known outside of Italy for a long time, as it was mostly exported to France to bulk out lighter red wines (they call it “le vin medicine”). It was largely ignored in the 1980’s, but has recently made a big comeback in worthy varietal releases, and is now considered the main local red grape of Sicily. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: dark, full-bodied, rich, velvety, black currant, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, black pepper, clove
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Sicily
 
Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry Read more »

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  • Monte Olimpo Lusso Rosso Italy Sicily Sicily Nero D 'Avola Syrah 2009

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    Wine review by weezyjack


  • Benanti Nero d'Avola Il Drappo Sicilia IGT 2005

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    I haven't tried this one yet.I have tasted many of Benanti"Mt.Etna"wines w/Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blended together.It has Burgundian elements to it.Very surprising,but very good.It must be a combination of Volcanic soil,elevation,along w/those two grapes blended together.I love wines(both red and white) from Mt.Etna...Worth expl... Read More

    Wine review by vjg6014


  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ www.thesampler.co.uk ] for £6.21. Nero d'Avola [the black grape of Avola ] is a grape native to the area around the town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia. It thrives in hot and arid conditions ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the plan is to buy grapes somewhere in California, ship them down, and turn them into wine, it's a shorter distance than sending them to the east coast! And there is indeed a tradition of doing that - it's what was done during Prohibition and I still know some Italians in Be... Read More

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  • Gina Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2010

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    a simple table wine, too sweet for this grape... but it's a 10$ wine, so ok ok... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • Jennifer - Barbera is always nice to have around. It's one of the more versatile wines IMO, partly because it comes in several iterations.As to your Nerello Mascalese - that would be a good pick. The irony is that it looks a little like Pinot Noir when it grows. It's one of the "native" grapes of Sicily that kind of got rediscovered when the Ner... Read More

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  • Thought this was an interesting mailer I'd share with you all. Already forwarded the e-mail to Fox as he is one of the few champions of Dolcetto that I know. This would also fit in well with the "weekday wines" thread. Fox and I agreeing it's a good week day pasta night wine, or even a 1st wine in a flight of Northern Italian Reds. To all Best W... Read More

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  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Very common sicilian grape. Nice heavy fruity flavor, a great wine for first time wine drinkers. The Mt. Entea vineyards all produce a Mt. Entea Rosso strain of Nero d'Avola which is superb. Living amongst the sicilians, I've found some great local vineyards that have some Nero d'Avola table wines which you can pick up in 5 litre amounts for und...

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