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 Nero d'Avola Wine

Nero d’Avola (also known as Calabrese) is the most important and widely planted red wine grape variety in Sicily. Vast volumes of Nero d’Avola are produced on the island every year, and have been for centuries. The dark-skinned grape is of great historical importance to Sicily and takes its present-day name from the town of Avola on the island’s southeast coast. The area was a hotbed of trade and population movement during the Middle Ages and Nero d’Avola was frequently used to add color and body to lesser wines in mainland Italy.

Translated, Nero d’Avola means "Black of Avola", a reference to the grape’s distinctive dark colouring, but its exact origins are the subject of debate. The region of Calabria can lay claim to the variety via its synonym Calabrese (meaning "of Calabria"), though this term may be a derivation of Calaurisi, an ancient name for someone from Avola.

Nero d'Avola
Nero d'Avola Grapes

For most of the 20th Century, Nero d’Avola was used as a blending grape and very rarely appeared on wine labels. By the turn of the 21st Century, however, the grape’s fortunes had changed considerably and it is now common to find Nero d’Avola produced as a varietal wine as well. It is often compared to Syrah because it likes similar growing conditions (Sicily has a hot Mediterranean climate) and exhibits many similar characteristics.

Depending on production methods, Nero d’Avola can be made into dense and dark wine that is stored in oak barrels and suitable for aging, or young and fresh wines. Younger wines show plum and juicy, red-fruit flavors, while more complex examples offer chocolate and dark raspberry flavors.

Nero d’Avola typically has high tannins, medium acid and a strong body. However, it can also be very smooth if grown at higher elevations where the air is cooler and alcohol levels are restricted. It thrives on the eastern part of Sicily and is being trialed in Australia and California. Because of its generous color, Nero d’Avola is sometimes produced as rosé wine.

Popular blends include: Cabernet – Nero d’Avola, Frappato – Nero d’Avola, Merlot – Nero d’Avola, Nero d’Avola – Syrah.

Food matches include:
Europe: Eggplant and tomato pasta (pasta alla norma); chicken salad with pomegranate, pinenuts and raisins (rosé)
Asia: Caramelized barbecued pork patties (bun cha); flour noodles with meat sauce
Americas: Argentinian parrilla-grilled, grass-fed steak; chili con carne
Africa/Middle East: Lamb-stuffed courgettes (koosa bil ablama) (rosé)


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We found 487 matches for Nero d'Avola. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Feudo Arancio Stemmari Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $8 2473
Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $10 2684
Feudo Maccari Saia Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $28 2782
Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali 'Rosso del Conte' Contea di Sclafani, Sicily, Italy Contea di Sclafani $46 3065
Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto, Sicily, Italy Noto $30 3099
Cusumano Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily, Italy Terre Siciliane IGT $10 3106
Cantine Colosi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $13 3174
Casa Vinicola Firriato Harmonium Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $30 3507
Cantine Colosi Sicilia Rosso IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $10 3983
Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa Entellina, Sicily, Italy Contessa Entellina $58 3988
Duca di Salaparuta Duca Enrico Rosso Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $55 4008
Marchesi Mazzei Zisola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $21 4433
Morgante Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $30 6317
Donnafugata Tancredi Contessa Entellina, Sicily, Italy Contessa Entellina $28 6407
Morgante Nero d'Avola, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $15 6713
Casa Vinicola Firriato 'Chiaramonte' Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $11 6779
Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $16 7004
Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Rosso Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $11 7092
Gulfi Nerobufaleffj Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $36 7101
Gulfi Nerobaronj Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $31 7171
Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $8 7507
Donnafugata Sedara Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $13 7768
Cusumano Sagana Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $28 8743
Gulfi Nerojbleo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $20 9047
Andrea Occhipinti Siccagno Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $35 10074
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