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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  • Christmas in Naples is truly worthy of the word abbondanza, or abundance, where preparations for feasting are readied weeks in advance. The kickoff is always Christmas Eve, traditionally known as La Vigilia, or the vigil. In times past, in accordance with church law, this was a day of fast, so only fish dishes appeared.  It is still possible to ... Read More

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  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Noa 2011


    One of my favorites. 40% Nero d'Avola, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has the Nero d'Avola bite but the Merlot and Cab Sav give it a rounder taste. Let breathe for at least 45 minutes. Read More

    Wine review by Ron in Sicily

  • Feudo d'Elimi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007


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    Wine review by fandorka

  • Donnafugata Nero d'Avola Sedara Sicilia IGT 2012


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    Wine review by ilmaxo

  • Villa Tonino Baglio Curatolo Nero d'Avola Sicily 2003


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website 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 also grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia.It thrives in hot and arid condi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sp68 IGT Sicilia Rosso Arianna Occhipinti 2009


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    Wine review by cerbland

  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a multi billion dollar corporation anyones's "local."  Now, back in 1975 when there were a half dozen stores in Southern Cal.  (SFV to Santa Ana only), that would have made some sense.That aside, there are many good wines available at TJ's at very low prices.  The Epicurio l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Marramiero "Inferi" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Italy 2008


    **First time guests to my venue & I started w/ Nero D'Avola and ended with Inferi. -Not short on Big, this wine is Big and closed the deal. If you want Bakers Chocolate and deep cassis; this is your wine.Great Job Marramiero. & I am sure they were pleased by the price point.. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. 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

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