Fabulous Fiano! If there’s one white wine variety to make you want to break out into an operatic aria , this is it.
Fiano is a white grape variety that has it’s origins in the Campania region (east of Naples) in Southern Italy, but it’s quickly making a name for itself in Australia too. It’s typically a fruity, luscious and medium bodied wine that ends with a tangy zing of delightfulness.
What does Fiano taste like?
Like a sweet operetta. Buxom but lean, fruity but restrained. The Fiano grape produces light weight wines of moderate to high acidity. The flavour profile can include descriptions like:
- Smoky spicy notes
- Pine Nuts
You’ll probably like Fiano if you already like:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
If it comes from Italy, why is Fiano so fabulous for Australia?
Fiano loves warm weather and it ripens later in the growing season, avoiding the hot months of summer. If grapes reach their ripening peak under the hot summer sun, it can have a shocking effect on the wine quality. Therefore, later ripening varieties avoid this issue. Smart, huh? So it’s no wonder many Australian growers are now putting it in their vineyards. We’re likely to see even more of it as climate change advances.
It was the clever clogs at Coriole in McLaren Vale who are attributed to being the pioneers of Fiano in Australia.
What food goes with Fiano?
As Fiano is both crisp and medium bodied, it is a brilliant food wine, and can be paired with a wide range of dishes. When in doubt, think about it’s origins – southern Italy.
- Pasta dishes – particularly creamy ones outhern
- Creamy, rich cheeses
- Salty meats, like salami and prosciutto
Who’s producing Fiano in Australia?
Most Fiano can be found flourishing in our warmer regions, like McLaren Vale, Riverland and the Clare Valley. But there’s also some stellar options coming out of the Adelaide Hills and even the Granite Belt in Queensland (which is, against all intuition, one of the coldest wine climates we have!).
Check out fabulous Fiano from:
- Artwine Clare Valley
- Angove Family Winemakers McLaren Vale
- Banrock Station Riverland
- Bassham Riverland
- Bremerton Langhorne Creek
- Coriole McLaren Vale
- Ducks in a Row McLaren Vale
- Fox Gordon Barossa Valley
- K1 by Geoff Hardy Adelaide Hills
- Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale
- Kirrihill Adelaide Hills
- Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale
- Pikes Clare Valley
- Two Italian Boys Riverina
- Witches Falls Winery Granite Belt
Try some Fiano in our online wine club this month!
This month (July 2014) we’re featuring Fox Gordon as our winery of the month! If you’re keen on trying a Fiano, the Fox Gordon Princess Fiano 2012 is one of our featured wines that you can get your hands on in our online wine club. CHECK IT OUT!