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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  • Curatolo Nero d'Avola 2005


    Back of the bottle says: "a native wine having a softy and velvety taste, to be served with read and white meat and middly seasoned cheese dishes." Very tannic, although that softened after breathing to reveal an unpleasant bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine

  • Firriato Chiaramonte Nero d'Avola 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by renbrath

  • Faunus Nero d'Avola 2005


    much better this time. just a simple good value. nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Archeo Nero d'Avola 2005


    Found this at Trader Joes for only $2.99. It's a good table wine, light and jammy. Read More

    Wine review by beactive

  • Tasca d'Almerita Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Regaleali 2004


    Just enjoyed 2 bottles of this wine at Gradisca, 126 W. 13th St, NYC. Fantastic flavor and the food at Gradisca is great! Ask for Neil. Read More

    Wine review by erok210

  • Zabù Nero d'Avola IGT Sicilia M.o 2011


    Medium body, full fruit taste of dark berries. Long Read More

    Wine review by sveinove

  • Colosi Nero d'Avola Scilia 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by halfbottle

  • How's the waether in the USA atm? It's doing some fairly horrid things here. Poor Adelaide is having a heat wave, 4 days over 45*c (not too sure what it is in farenhiet), three days so far in Victoria and Sydney by the weekend.This is typical bush fire season for us and this weather isn't doing any winery any good and it's over three States.One ... Read More

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  • Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2006


    100% Nero d'Avola grapescherry and barnyard scentssmooth, but the finish was a bit sour Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Villa Tonino Nero d'Avola 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by tgar

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