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Region: Campania

Fiano di Avellino DOCG

Facts about this wine

Wine: White wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Medium
Min. alcohol: 11.5%
Storage potential: 6 years

Fiano di Avellino became a DOCG in 2003 (DOC in 1978) and can without reservation be categorized as some of the finest and most distinguished south Italy can offer in terms of white wine, despite tough competition from Greco di Tufo DOCG, its neighbor to the north.

The main grape is Fiano (85-100%) with addition of Greco and/or Coda di Volpe and/or Trebbiano Toscano (0-15%).

The fields are perfectly situated on the high hills around the city of Avellino, in the middle of Campania, and covers all 26 communes.

The color is a more or less intense straw yellow, and when you first taste a Fiano di Avellino DOCG, your thoughts turn to almonds, hints of pears and spices, which rounds off with a very delicate aroma and nice finish.

An increasing number of wine farmers are developing a lighter, fresher and fruitier wine, which is probably due to the desire to have a faster turnover of wine.

Nonetheless, aging plays a central role in Fiano di Avellino DOCG. After 1-2 years of bottle aging, the wine develops its delightful fruit bouquet, and for the wines that are cultivated in the highest areas of the zone, aging is especially important for a good result. Some producers use barrel aging, and it has proven to give the wine more sweetness and a quicker development of the aroma.

If you drink a very young Fiano di Avellino DOCG, it's very acidic and thus has almost no aroma. So wait…

You might encounter the name, "Apianum", on the label. This is ancient Roman, and refers to the vine's ability to attract bees (api). You might also see the name "Fiano di Lapio", which refers to the fact that the wine is cultivated in the area surrounding the city of Lapio, northeast of Avellino.

The shelf life of Fiano di Avellino DOCG is 3 years or more. From top producers, such as Pietracupa and Picarielli, the wine develops both depth and complexity after 3-6 years.

To be enjoyed with fish.

Great dishes to have with Fiano di Avellino DOCG

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