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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  • Santa Tresa Nivuro Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon 2004


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    Wine review by geripicher

  • Casa Girelli Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Lamura 2007


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    Wine review by males

  • Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Italy 2006


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    Wine review by Moglandor

  • Feudo Maccari Nero d'Avola Sicilia Saia 2005


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    Wine review by sdsolomon

  • Nero d'Avola Maravigna 2006


    This red is worth every penny at $8.99 a bottle. I was very impressed with the complexities of flavors with what might be considered a table wine. If you have the chance to buy this one buy it by the case!!! Read More

    Wine review by grapemonger

  • Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2006


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    Wine review by caj

  • With as little detail as possible... we have a holiday party to go to this weekend, invite says "Bring 2-3 bottles of your favorite wine to present during a wine tasting portion of the party. Award goes to best presenter.PROBLEM: My favorite wine is Charles Shaw Merlot! Is that tacky to bring as the wine to this party?? We don't know these peopl... Read More

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  • Sàgana Sicilia IGT 2007


    a nice full nero d'avola. Goes well with meat dishes like pizza or pasta or anything with red sauce. dark berries, dry but fruity at the same time. very nice. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • With our troubled times I very frequently asked Where are the values? While the world is awash in both inexpensive swill and expensive fine wine the trick, more important today than ever, is to find the wines that skirt the edges of both: those inexpensive fine wines.While I know that $30 for a bottle of wine is not an inconsequential amount I ... Read More

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  • Terre del Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2005


    One of the softer of the recent Nero D'Avola experiences for me. Gentle, with hints of cherries and pepper. Enjoyable, not extraordinary. Read More

    Wine review by sacredsky

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