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Fiano di Avellino

Fiano di Avellino

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"A dry but fruity wine of great refinement with an exceptional aroma and a harmonious flavour that features scents of toasted hazelnuts."

Taste

The Fiano di Avellino is the most refined white wine of Southern Italy. This is mainly due to its excellent balance and elegance. The Fiano di Avellino is, like its colleague Greco di Tufo, a very intense white wine, but more fruity than its fellow grape, and its aftertaste often brings up associations with roasted hazelnuts.

The colour is bright golden yellow, and its delicate scent of tropical fruits and flowers, with a light presence of roasted hazelnuts and almonds that make this wine so exceptional. The taste is full, soft, fresh and clean with a lively acidity, this last element being one of the reasons why this is one of Italy's supposedly three best suited white wines for aging.

Terroir

The current production area of Fiano di Avellino extends over 26 municipalities in the province of Avellino and includes the historic area of Lapio, where according to lore, the Greeks planted their first vine plants. It is also there that our grapes come from.
Our grapes come from the high hills surrounding the village at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level, and in the heart of Irpinia (Campania). The soil of these vineyards is calcareous clay, with limestone and volcanic sediments adding complexity and character to our wine. Fiano is at home here, in an environment that represents the optimal combination of ‘terroir’ and grape.

Vinification

Harvesting by hand takes place from the second week of October. Then the grapes are cold soaked for 12 hours, after which they are pressed slowly. This is followed by a fermentation of 15 days at a temperature of 18˚C. The wine is bottled in the spring following the harvest. After bottling the wine matures 3 to 4 months before being released on the market.

The grape, history and denomination

Fiano di Avellino is named after the indigenous Fiano grape which produces beautiful full white wines, and in ancient times was called 'Latino', in order to distinguish the grape from the imported Greco variety. Since 2003, Fiano di Avellino has attained DOCG status, making it one of the few DOCG wines of southern Italy. Until recently this wine was economically not interesting because of the low yield, but the renewed appreciation of taste, authenticity and original grape varieties has increased the wine’s value and popularity.

The DOCG wine must consist of at least 85% Fiano, and may be supplemented by Greco, Coda di Volpa bianca or Trebbiano. Our Fiano consists of 100% Fiano grapes.

Combination food and serving suggestion

The full flavour with hints of hazelnuts fits well with rich fish dishes, seafood, white meats and poultry, with various salads and cheeses. The ideal serving temperature is 8˚C - 10˚C, using a large tulip glass. This white wine should be drunk after at least 1 year after the harvest, and is very suitable as an aperitif. After four years our Fiano tends to gradually acquire a more creamy and rich texture, increasing in complexity and structure, without ever becoming 'dull' or tired.