Nero d’Avola

The black grape of Avola

A recent DNA survey showed there is a huge genetic diversity in Sicily among clones, therefore a variety of grapes under the same name but with different organoleptic characteristics are grown.

Nero d’Avola is the most planted grape in Sicily, which means it’s widely distributed across the region, although the main producing areas are in the province of Syracuse.

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Nero d'Avola DOC

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Nero d’Avola

The black grape of Avola

Nero d’Avola is a bold wine, robust but gentle, which embodies the spirit of the sun-kissed island of Sicily.
The name Nero d’Avola refers to both the grape variety and the wine. It literally means “black grape of Avola”. Most likely it originates from the town of Avola, located on the east coast in the heart of baroque Sicily, where it was selected by local growers several hundreds years ago.
Locally this variety is known as Calabrese, probably from the name under which botanist Francesco Cupani in the 17th century first described it.
He referred to this grape as “Calavrisi”, which in Calabrian dialect means “from Calabria” and that might hint at a possible Calabrian origin. Although more likely the name Calavrisi is a bad transcription of the word Calaravrisi, meaning in Sicilian dialect “grape (cala) of Avola”.

A recent DNA survey showed there is a huge genetic diversity in Sicily among clones, therefore a variety of grapes under the same name but with different organoleptic characteristics are grown.
Nero d’Avola is the most planted grape in Sicily, which means it’s widely distributed across the region, although the main producing areas are in the province of Syracuse (especially the villages of Noto and Pachino).
In the 1960s the wine made from this grape was mainly used to provide colour to other wines and was exported to Tuscany, Piedmont and even France, but from the 1990s, thanks to significant investments in the vineyards, this variety started to shine on its own, becoming one of the most popular Italian reds among young wine drinkers and the new face of Sicilian wines internationally.

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Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce

AUTORE

Grassi Vittorio

TITOLO

Monreale

SOGGETTO

Fontana del chiostro del duomo di Monreale

DATA

1925

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NERO D'AVOLA DOC

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Deep ruby in colour with bright aromas of red berries and plum. Juicy flavours of cherry, spice and crushed herbs devel- op into a rhubarb aftertaste.