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Italian wine and grape guide : Nero d’ Avola

Nero d’ Avola

Taking its name from the town of Avola, in south east Sicily, Nero d’Avola is a very popular red grape variety and it is perhaps one of the most commonly planted grapes in Sicily, normally flowering early in the season and ripening by mid-September.

While initially being grown mainly in the south, Nero d'Avola is now planted all over the region, thriving in hot and dry climates, though still able to grow in cooler and damper conditions, the grape is currently being grown in Australia, California, Malta, Turkey and South Africa and produces a wine that is cherry or ruby red in colour and has a dry, slightly acidic flavour.

Nero d’Avola not only is vinified on its own, but is also often blended with other grapes, including Syrah, and ages well.

Nero d’Avola grown in and around the town of Marsala is also used in the production of Marsala Rubino.

Producers growing the grape

If what you read sounds interesting, why not try any of the wine/s below made with Nero d’ Avola

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