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 the end of the 2106 I reckon Fiano is ahead.  But it is a tight race.

Jancis Robinson quote about Fiano white wine varietyYour 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.

Fiano Grapes
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Fiano IN Australia

You can see what some winemakers think about this variety in the article What is so Special About Fiano

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
  • Bassham 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
  • Chalmers Heathcote
  • 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
  • Montevecchio Heathcote
  • 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
  • SAMU Riverland
  • Santa d’Sas King Valley
  • Sassafras Canberra
  • 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
  • Tellurian Heathcote
  • 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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