Fiano has been growing for thousands of years in Italy where it’s used to make the highly Fiano di Avellino in Campania. Avellino is a wine region in the hills, 60 kilometres east of Naples.
Depending on the age and style, the characteristics of this grape variety include notes of floral and honeysuckle with lime and lemon honey to spicy and nutty aromas and a chalky texture. The wine can produce a crisp style that can be aged for 2-3 years in bottle. Some are fermented in stainless steel and some in oak here in Australia.
Here in Australia, there are some fantastic Fianos being made and the first winery was Coriole in McLaren Vale with its 2005 vintage.
Fiano does well in both warm regions such as McLaren Vale, Riverland and the Clare Valley but also in the cooler areas of Adelaide Hills, Frankland River and even in the cooler higher altitude of the Granite Belt in Queensland.
Below are some producers of Fiano:
- Larry Cherubino: Frankland River
- Artwine: Clare Valley
- Angove Family Winemakers: McLaren Vale
- Bremerton: Langhorne Creek
- Coriole: McLaren Vale
- Fox Gordon: Barossa Valley
- Kangarilla Road: McLaren Vale
- Pikes: Clare Valley
- Two Italian Boys: Riverina
- Witches Falls Winery: Granite Belt