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.  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.

Jancis Robinson quote about Fiano white wine varietyYour first lesson about Fiano from Jancis Robinson

Here's what the Unknown WInecaster says about Fiano

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 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

  • Alejandro Riverland
  • Amato Vino Margaret River
  • Angoves Winery Riverland
  • Artwine Clare Valley
  • Ballandeen Estate Granite Belt
  • Banrock Station Riverland
  • Bassham 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
  • Chalmers Heathcote
  • 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
  • Montevecchio Heathcote
  • 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
  • SAMU Riverland
  • Santa & d’Sas Geelong
  • Sassafras Canberra
  • 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
  • Tellurian Heathcote
  • 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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