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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  • Unfortunately, the place with the best wine selection in Vegas is Total Wine and More.AOA, I'm sure TW has more wine, but I really like Marche Bacchus for good selection, good prices (only a little more than I pay closer to the Cali wineries) and a cool restaurant policy--you can have any bottle in the shop at the adjoining restaurant for just $... Read More

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  • Goose Bump Velvety Red 2010


    Very smooth and easy to drink red blend. White wine drinkers will find this enjoyable. Not too dry or fruity/sweet but a nice balance. Drinks better in a more slender glass, like a cab or zin, rather than a merlot or pinot glass. Read More

    Wine review by intergraph

  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012


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  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012


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  • Nerobufaleffj Nero d'Avola. Gulfi 2008


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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

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