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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  • Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2004


    Very good wine, brought to us from Italy. Looking for it in Georgia, USA. I added the picture above, which is a little deceiving. It is a glass bottle -I just rolled it as I scanned it in (so it appears front and back). The lower label is actually more deep purple, almost brown, though the color appears more magenta in the picture. Read More

    Wine review by UKenDoIt

  • Hugonis Tenuta Rapitala 2004


    This is one of the best Sicilian wines I found in my trip to the island. And at $20, its value is tremendous. A Cabernet/Nero D'avola blend, it is great with roasts and grilled meats.A MUST TRY! Read More

    Wine review by sheedog16

  • Zisola Nero d'Avola 2004


    After living in Italy for 2 years i was introduced to this wine in Bolonga. Amazing wine that will only get better. Read More

    Wine review by hitchhike79

  • One region of the wine world I haven't yet conquered (or really paid any attention to at all!) is Italy. This Friday, I'm entertaining some clients at an Italian restaurant, and I'd like to be able to pick a bottle without having *too* long a conversation with the sommelier. The wine list is exclusively Italian.I'll be looking for a red wine, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian wine help

  • Genofranco Nero d'Avola 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by infinitides

  • Archeo Nero d'Avola Ruggero di Tasso Sicilia IGT 2006


    An average drinkab;e red wine. Good with pizza. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR

  • Cusumano Benuara IGT 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by awem96

  • Nero d'Avola Maravigna 2006


    Big, dry, fruity, and spicy. Even a little complexity on the finish. Really really love this, and one of the best values I can imagine. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Baglio del Sole Nero d'Avola 2005


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    Wine review by jj0

  • Hi, I'm a newbie to Snooth. I went to a wine tasting and discovered a new passion. I have mainly been drinking Argentinian Malbec and Spanish Grenache with an occasional Californian Cabernet. Any recommendations as to what I should try next? I want to open a new bottle soon! Read More

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