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Nero d’Avola

 

Synonyms: ‘Nero d’Avola’, ‘Calabrese dolce’,Calavrese d’Avola’, ‘Calabrese di Vittoria, Niureddu calavrisi

 

Also known as Calabrese ( erroneously as the original name was ‘Calaulisi’ deriving from dialect words ‘calea’ meaning grapes and ‘Aulisi’- Avola) is one of Sicily’s most important red varieties. First grown around the town of Avola, Noto and Pachino in the province of Siracuse it is now grown mostly everywhere in Sicily except for Mount Etna. Important variety in Eloro DOC and Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG as well as Contea di Sclafani, Contessa Entellina and Monreale DOCs.The vine likes hot and arid climates. It has been well known worldwide for centuries, was used by French producers to blend with their own wines to add some body and colour. Nero D’Avola is a wine of decisive character, with sweet tannins and plum flavor.