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The Fiano Grape


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About Fiano

(Synonyms: Fiano di Avellino)

Background

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Fiano is a white-wine grape originating in the Campania region of Italy, and also now much grown in Sicily, and of late even in Australia. The wines are pale in color, and typically strong-flavored with an intense aroma; it is described as being “weighty” on the palate, with a honeyed, floral nose and distinct taste qualities of spice, honey, and frequently a hazelnut overtone.

Better-made specimens are considered thoroughly age-worthy, and to not merely withstand bottle age but improve over several years, with the spice and nut flavors especially becoming better established.

Fiano was traditionally subject to being unduly heavy and especially to being prone to premature oxidation. The winemaking techniques of modern times are said to have largely or wholly overcome those problems, though in candor not all vintners practice such techniques yet. The grape is inherently low-yielding, and that combined with the older difficulties of vinification saw its plantings decrease markedly in the last couple of centuries; but it is now again on the upswing, as a result of the better winemaking and consequent worldwide interest in Fiano.

By repute, the best specimens come from the province of Avellino, and are known as “Fiano di Avelino”. True Fiano di Avellino must be at least 85% Fiano (with Greco, Coda di Volpe, and Trebbiano also permitted up to a combined total maximum of 15%), and is often 100% monovarietal.

Fiano is generally considered one of the dozen and a half or so of world-class white-wine grapes.

Factoid: Fiano has a lineage extending back at least to Roman times; it is likely the Roman Apianum wine, the name deriving from the bees that to this day are commonly attracted to the sweet grape pulp.

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Some Descriptions of Fiano Wines

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Some Fianos to Try

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Colli di Lapio “di Romano Clelia” Fiano

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Mastroberardino “Radici” Fiano

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
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Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Donnachiara Fiano

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
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Terredora di Paolo “Terre di Dora” Fiano

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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For a Splurge

We found no Fiano rated enough better than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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