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Nero d'avola Wine Variety

From Sicily to Australia this is a
seriously stylish red wine variety

Vinodiversity thinks that this could become the premium red wine variety in Australia.

A few descriptors of Nero d'Avola

Nero d'Avola is a red wine variety from Sicily. It makes up most of that island's red wine vineyard.

The Nero in the name obviously refers to the colour of the grapes. d'Avola refers to the town and region of Avola in the south-eastern part of Sicily where this variety produces some fine wines.

Although Nero d'Avola has an alternative name of Calabrese suggesting its origin on the neighbouring mainland region of Italy it is doubtful if the variety was ever grown there. This issue is discussed at length in Jancis Robinson's 2012 publication Wine Grapes.

Nero d'avola In Australia

This variety is one of several from Southern Italy that are of interest to winemakers in warm to hot conditions. As more grapegrowers and winemakers become concerned about climate change they are increasingly looking for wine varieties from Southern Italian Regions rather than the cooler North.

Nero d'Avola is favoured in warmer climates for two reasons. Firstly as a late ripening variety the critical last month of maturation is more likely to be after the hottest part of summer. Steady ripening in this last few weeks of the growing season is a major factor in wine quality.

Secondly the variety seems to be less susceptible to berry damage during heat waves.

I believe this variety has a huge future in Australia. It is suitable for most of the warmer areas of this country and will quickly break out from it's current habitats of mainly McLaren Vale and Riverland in South Australia. It has great potential in areas like Bendigo, Heathcote, The Pyrenees and Rutherglen in Victoria, as well as most of the inland regions of New South Wales.

A possible limitation of the variety is its susceptibility to fungal diseases so that it may not do well in regions where there is rain at harvest time.

prize winning Nero's

At the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) in 2016 24 Neros were judged. Five golds, one silver and nine bronze medals were awarded.  Coriole's 2016 Nero d'Avola was awarded the trophy for Best Wine in the show.

The five Gold medal wines were

  • Brown Brothers 2016 Vintage Release Nero d'Avola
  • Calabria Family Wines  2015 Private Bin Nero d'Avola
  • Coriole 2016 Nero d'Avola
  • Parish Hill Wines 2016 Nero d'Avola Amphora
  • Thick as Thieves 2015 The Don Nero d'Avola
    Amato Vino Margaret River Bailey's of Glenrowan Glenrowan Bassham Riverland Beach Road Langhorne Creek Bellwether Coonawarra Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Blaxland Wine Group Barossa Valley Brash Higgins McLaren Vale Brown Brothers King Valley By Jingo Adelaide Hills Calabria Family Wines Riverina Chalmers Heathcote Coriole McLaren Vale Deliquente Wine Riverland Dell'uva Wines  Barossa Valley Eldorado Road North East Victoria Five Geese Hillgrove Wines McLaren Vale Five o’Clock Project McLaren Vale Fox Creek Wines McLaren Vale Fox Gordon Barossa Valley Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt Hither and Yon McLaren Vale Kay Bros Amery McLaren Vale Lethbridge Wines Geelong Lino Ramble McLaren Vale Montevecchio Heathcote Mount Eyre Vineyards Hunter Valley Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Parish Hill Wines Adelaide Hills Pertaringa McLaren Vale Politini King Valley Pyren Vineyard Pyrenees Salena Estate Riverland SAMU Riverland Santolin Yarra Valley Scott and La Prova Adelaide Hills Taylors Clare Valley Tellurian Heathcote Thick as Thieves Yarra Valley Unico Zelo Adelaide Hills Vigna Bottin McLaren Vale Zerella (la Gita) McLaren Vale

More Italian red wine varieties used in Australia

Aglianico | Barbera | Canaiolo Nero | Colorino | Corvina | Dolcetto | Lagrein | Mammolo | Marzemino | Montepulciano | Nebbiolo | Negroamaro | Nero d'Avola | Primitivo | Refosco | Rondinella | Sagrantino | Sangiovese | Teroldego | Zinfandel

Nero d'avola and food

The richness and spiciness of Nero d'Avola can be used to accompany some of the sweet and sour Sicilian Dishes such as Caponata a Sicilian dish consisting of a cooked vegetable salad made from chopped fried eggplant, green olives, capers and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar.

Pasta Norma, made with eggplants is another Sicilian dish to pair with Nero. These wines are often soft and drinkable making them versatile for when and with what you serve them, but my recommendation is that they go well with slightly spicy cuisine such as Moroccan tagines.

Caponata. Source By Massimoweb - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16891038

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