fiano WHite Wine Variety
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.
As at June 2108 I reckon Fiano is ahead. But it is a tight race.
Your first lesson about Fiano from Jancis Robinson 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.
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 2016 AAVWS 44 Fiano Wines were judged.
Seven gold medals, three silvers and twenty-one bronze medals were awarded.
The winners of gold medals were
Alex Russell Alejandro 2016 Fiano Collins and Co 2016 Fiano Coriole 2016 Fiano Higher Plane 2016 Fiano Pikes 2016 Luccio Fiano Saltram 2016 Winemakers Selection Fiano Symphony Hill 2016 Fiano
Alex Russell Wines Riverland
Amato Vino Margaret River
Amato vino Riverland
Artwine Adelaide Hills
Ballandeen Estate Granite Belt
Banrock Station Riverland
Beach Road Langhorne Creek
Bike and Barrel Alpine Valleys
Bilgavia Wines Hunter Valley
Billy Button Alpine Valleys
Bimbadgen Hunter Valley
Blue Poles Vineyard Margaret River
Bremerton Langhorne Creek
Chrismont King Valley
Cirami Estate Riverland
Collins and Co Wines McLaren Vale
Comyns and Co Hunter Valley
Coriole McLaren Vale
Cragg Cru McLaren Vale
Dell'uva Wines Barossa 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
Grand Casino Riverland
Green Door Wines Geographe
Greenway Wines Hunter Valley
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale
Hart and Hunter Hunter Valley
Heritage Estate Granite Belt
Higher Plane Margaret River
Jacobs Creek Barossa Valley
Jericho Adelaide hills
Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen
Juniper Estate Margaret River
K1 by Geoff Hardy Adelaide Hills
Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale
Karanto Vineyards Langhorne Creek
Kirrihill Estates Clare Valley
L’Enologa Murray Darling
Larry Cherubino Margaret River
Lethbridge Wines Geelong
Lino Ramble McLaren Vale
Mansfield Wines Mudgee
Marq Margaret River
Monkey Business Adelaide Hills
Morrisons of Glenrowan Glenrowan
Mount Eyre Vineyards Hunter Valley
Oak Valley Estate Murray Darling
Oatley Wines Mudgee
Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale
Out of Step Yarra Valley
Parish Hill Wines Adelaide Hills
Pikes Clare Valley
Redbank Victoria King Valley
Rewine McLaren Vale
Rutherglen Estates Rutherglen
Salena Estate Riverland
Saltram Barossa Valley
Santa d’Sas King Valley
Savina Lane Granite Belt
Scott and La Prova Adelaide Hills
Seaview McLaren Vale
Section 45 Adelaide Hills
Serafino Wines McLaren Vale
Signor Vino Riverina
Stefano di Pieri Murray Darling
Stomp Hunter Valley
Summit Estate Granite Belt
Sutton Grange Winery Bendigo
Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt
Taylors Clare Valley
Travertine Estate Hunter Valley
Unico Zelo Adelaide Hills
Vigna Bottin McLaren Vale
Wise Wine Margaret River
Witches Falls Winery Granite Belt
Zerella (la Gita) McLaren Vale 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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