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Is Fiano the most outstanding of all of the new white wine varieties in Australia?
The other contenders are
Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Petit Manseng, Savagnin and Vermentino. The Iberian white wine varieties Arinto and Verdejo are also making an appearance and could be challenging in a couple of years time.
As at March 2020 I reckon Fiano is miles ahead.
Were does Fiano Grow in Australia?
Size of the font indicates relative number of wineries using Fiano.
Fiano in Italy
Fiano is a strongly flavoured white grape variety which is used to make the highly regarded
Fiano di Avellino in Campania in Southern Italy. Avellino is a wine region in the hills inland from Naples.
Fiano is also grown in other southern Italian regions such as Basilicata and the Salentine Peninsula in Puglia.
Your first lesson about Fiano from Jancis Robinson Here's what the Unknown WInecaster says about Fiano
Fiano IN Australia
There is a small but steadily growing number of producers of Fiano in Australia. This is likely to continue over the next few years as more and more grape growers and wineries react to the problems of climate change by using Southern Italian grape varieties.
The time of vintage has been much earlier than usual in many recent years. Later maturing varieites are more suited to warmer areas as the grapes are able to ripen with a better balance of sugar, acid and flavouring compounds in cooler times.
It seems that South Australian winemakers are especially keen on the variety, taking the lead from
Coriole who pioneered the Fiano in Australia.
Fiano has had its own class at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) since 2009. In the most recent show, just seven years later in 2016, there were 44 wines judged.
Australian Producers of Fiano
Some award winning Wines
At the 2019 AAVWS 52 Fiano Wines were judged.
Three gold medals, sixteen silvers and twenty-one bronze medals were awarded.
The winners of gold medals were
Berton Vineyards 2019 Winemakers Reserve Fiano SC Pannel 2019 Fi Fi Fiano Tellurian Wines 2019 Fiano
Amato Vino Margaret River
Angoves Winery Riverland
Artwine Clare Valley
Ballandeen Estate Granite Belt
Banrock Station Riverland
Beach Road McLaren Vale
Beechworth Wine Estates Beechworth
Berg Herring McLaren Vale
Berton Vineyards Riverina
Big Easy Radio McLaren Vale
Bike and Barrel Alpine Valleys
Billy Button Alpine Valleys
Bimbadgen Hunter Valley
Blue Poles Vineyard Margaret River
Bondar Wines McLaren Vale
Bremerton Langhorne Creek
Cantina Abbiatiello Riverland
Carillion Wines Orange
Chalk Hill Winery McLaren Vale
Chrismont King Valley
Cirami Estate Riverland
Collector Wines Canberra
Collins and Co Wines McLaren Vale
Comyns and Co Hunter Valley
Coriole McLaren Vale
Cradle of Hills McLaren Vale
Cragg Cru McLaren Vale
Cupitt's Winery Shoalhaven Coast
Dal Zotto Estate King Valley
De Bortoli Riverina
Dell'uva Wines Barossa Valley
Domaine De Binet Hunter Valley
Drakesbrook Wines Peel
Dryridge Estate Central Ranges Zone
Feathertop Alpine Valleys
First Ridge Mudgee
Flame Hill Queensland Zone
Foster e Rocco Heathcote
Fox Gordon Barossa Valley
Galli Estate Heathcote
Gapsted Alpine Valleys
Gibson Barossa Valley
Grand Casino Riverland
Greeenway Wines Hunter Valley
Green Door Wines Geographe
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale
Hart and Hunter Hunter Valley
Haselgrove McLaren Vale
Heritage Estate Granite Belt
Higher Plane Margaret River
Hungerford Hill Hunter Valley
Il Modo Murray Darling
Jacobs Creek Barossa Valley
Jasper Hill Heathcote
Jericho Adelaide Hills
Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen
Journey Wines Yarra Valley
Juniper Estate Margaret River
K1 by Geoff Hardy Adelaide Hills
Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale
Kirrihill Estates Clare Valley
L’Enologa Murray Darling
La Fattoria Perth Hills
Larry Cherubino Margaret River
Lethbridge Wines Geelong
Lino Ramble McLaren Vale
Main and Cherry Adelaide Hills
Mansfield Wines Mudgee
Marq Margaret River
Matriarch and Rogue Nagambie Lakes
McPhersons Clare Valley
Monkey Business Adelaide Hills
Moppity Vineyards (and Cato) Hilltops
Morrisons of Glenrowan Glenrowan
Mount Eyre Vineyards Hunter Valley
Mount Towrong Macedon Ranges
Musk Lane Macedon Ranges
Nomads Garden Alpine Valleys
Oak Valley Estate Murray Darling
Oatley Wines Mudgee
Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale
Out of Step Yarra Valley
Paisley Farm Barossa Valley
Parish Hill Wines Adelaide Hills
Parous Estate Adelaide Hills
Pete's Pure Murray Darling
Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee
Pikes Clare Valley
Redbank Victoria King Valley
Rewine McLaren Vale
Ricca Terra Riverland
Riverbank Estate Swan Valley
Rutherglen Estates Rutherglen
Salena Estate Riverland
Saltram Barossa Valley
Santa & d’Sas Geelong
Savina Lane Granite Belt
SC Pannell McLaren Vale
Scott and La Prova Adelaide Hills
Serafino Wines McLaren Vale
Sherrah McLaren Vale
Signor Vino Riverina
Sirromet Granite Belt
Stefano di Pieri Murray Darling
Stomp Hunter Valley
Summit Estate Granite Belt
Susuro Adelaide Hills
Sutton Grange Winery Bendigo
Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt
Taylors Clare Valley
The Overflow Queensland Zone
Tonon Vineyard and Winery Perth Hills
Travertine Estate Hunter Valley
Tumbalong Hills Gundagai
Unico Zelo Adelaide Hills
Vigna Bottin McLaren Vale
Wise Wine Margaret River
Witches Falls Winery Granite Belt
Zerella (la Gita) McLaren Vale
Updated 22 March 2020 What does Fiano Taste like?
De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table lists the variety as having the potential to produce light weight wines of moderate to high acidity.
The flavour profile is described as
Nutty, herbal, aromatic, with smoky spicy notes and hazelnuts
In her latest book
Vine Grapes Jancis Robinson describes the variety as
Rich waxy, strongly flavoured fashionable... Fiano and Food
These crisp dry white wines can be paired with a range of foods. Try them with
seafood, pasta dishes or other Italian style cuisine.
Try Fiano with pan fried
King George whiting and chips.
Brian St Pierre in
this book suggests that Fiano is one white wine variety that goes well with dishes normally associated with red wines such as stuffed eggplant, or rolled veal birds.
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