Nero d'Avola

Nero d'Avola

The Nero d'Avola grape, also known as Calabrese, is a celebrated dark-skinned grape variety hailing from Italy. It historically originates from the sunny southern region of Sicily and is named after Avola, a small town near Syracuse. Widely known for its robust, full-bodied character, the Nero d'Avola grape has contributed significantly to the reputation of Sicilian winemaking.

Notably, it was at once used predominantly as a blending grape to provide richer tones and deeper colours to lesser wines, but has since soared in popularity on its own. Now, it is used to produce single-varietal wines with a typical highly tannic structure and intense, fruit-forward profile, boasting delightful notes of blackberry, plum, and peppery spice. This fascinating taste palate is accompanied by a whiff of liquorice and chocolate, making it an indulgent experience for wine lovers.

Given the intense sun exposure in Sicily, Nero d'Avola wines have a high alcohol content and impressive acidity which allow them to age with grace. This grape variety is impressively versatile and has also been used to produce more refreshingly light, Saignée method rosés.

The Nero d'Avola grape has extended its influence beyond its home region and is now grown in various other parts of the world including Australia, California and Turkey, each synonymous with warmer climates. To meet the growing global demand, winemakers are progressively adopting organic methods of cultivating this grape variety.

The Nero d'Avola grape is rightly regarded as the flagship grape of Sicily. Its deep colour and rich flavour profile have lent it a characteristic appeal amongst both connoisseurs and novice wine enthusiasts alike. Its robust essence and sophisticated adaptability ensure the Nero d'Avola grape will continue to be an important staple in the international wine industry.

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