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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  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007


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  • Famous British chef Delia Smith boosted sales of Marsala years ago when she poured the amber liquid into one of her famous recipes. Sadly, since then you rarely hear of this under-rated sweetie.  That’s a pity, for it’s an intriguing wine.  Marsala is a fortified wine that, like Port, was strengthened with alcohol to help it survive the long sea... Read More

    From the article How to really use Marsala wine

  • I am drinking a bottle of Domaine de la Source 2014 from the small and obscure Bellet appellation. in the hills just behind the City of Nice on the French Riviera.It consists of 40% braquet [a local grape called brachette on the other side of the Italian border in Piedmont] 40% folle noir [another local grape thought to be related to Sicily's Ne... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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  • I come from an Italian family of true food lovers. It seemed to me that every moment we celebrated, mourned, discussed, or marked was centered around a feast.As I grew, the passionate way my family communicated (translation: yelling) proved to be too much for me. I was deemed “sensitive” or “delicate” because the noise of their boisterous conver... Read More

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  • Epicuro Nero D' Avola 2015


    goes excellent with 90+% chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Archeo Nero d'Avola Ruggero di Tasso Sicilia IGT 2015


    well, label says it supposed to be smooth and so on - for me it's a 'rum among wines'... or maybe I have bad bottle... Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Sicily has a jaded reputation. Thanks to the illustrious movie making of Francis Ford Coppola, Americans have believed for decades that Sicily is mafia. Having visited Sicily twice I have yet to meet a Corleone. What I have experienced in Sicily is a carefree atmosphere, affable people, delectable cuisine, and well-crafted wine.Sicily is the lar... Read More

    From the article A Sicilian Wine Renaissance

  • Avito Terre Siciliane Italy Nero D' Avola 2015


    A sublime and smooth wine with clarity that belies the fact that it spent no time in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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