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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  • Notalusa Nero d'Avola 2007


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    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Feudi Bordonaro Branciforti Nero d'Avola 2011


    This modest wine hits above its weight somewhat with a invitingly bright, candied cherry nose and equally tasty cherry-almond entry. The finish is slightly acerbic and surprisingly tart, with some grip (tannin) and a decently medium finish. For the price, tasty and hard to beat. The pedigree of this grape stands tall. Try with Pizza. 84 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Caleo Nero d'Avola Sicily 2012


    Nice Italian wine. Good grape flavor, nice supple tannins with a spicy taste. Very well rounded and to repeat a nice finish with the tannins, cassis and spice. Would purchase again in a heartbeat. Great pricing. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Arianna Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Siccagno Sicilia IGT 2010


    The nose showed tremendous depth with black cherry, wild herbs, hints of brown sugar, sweet floral tones and minerals, making it intense yet fresh all at once. On the palate, it was rich with dark fruit caressing the senses, showing black cherry and spiced holiday breads, (not sweet but dark and spicy with hints of molasses). The finish followed... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

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  • Poggio Anima Nero d'Avola Asmodeus 2010


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