Free shipping for orders over 59,90€
Delivery in Italy in 1-3 working days | Free shipping for orders over 59,90€ |Callmewine is Carbon Neutral!

Nero d'Avola

Nero d'Avola is an ancient native Sicilian grape variety that expresses the warm, beating, Mediterranean heart of the island. Today, it is one of the most famous and widely grown red grapes in the region, contributing to the success of Sicilian wines worldwide. Mainly used on its own, but also in combination with other international and local grapes, it produces a full-bodied red wine with a high alcohol content, a deep and intense colour, suitable for ageing in wood to soften its powerful and vigorous nature. Depending on the producer's style, method and area of production, it has given rise to different versions: from the more traditional ones, which come from the alberello-trained vines of the Noto and Pachino area, to the more modern, soft and barricaded ones, which have favoured the spread of the variety also outside of Italy.

52 results
90 -@@-8-Wine Spectator
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
90 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
11,20 
91 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
90 -@@-9-James Suckling
9,90 
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
12,00 
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
89 -@@-7-Robert Parker
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
14,50 
19,90 € 16,90 
Promo
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
90 -@@-5-Veronelli
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
93 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
16,00 
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-7-Robert Parker
87 -@@-5-Veronelli
16,50 
91 -@@-9-James Suckling
8,90 
93 -@@-5-Veronelli
95 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
4 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
68,00 
88 -@@-8-Wine Spectator
90 -@@-9-James Suckling
88 -@@-7-Robert Parker
8,50 
92 -@@-7-Robert Parker
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
3 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
94 -@@-9-James Suckling
18,00 
89 -@@-5-Veronelli
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
90 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
10,20 
92 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-7-Robert Parker
11,20 
19,50 
91 -@@-9-James Suckling
10,70 
92 -@@-7-Robert Parker
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
95 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-5-Veronelli
28,00 
88 -@@-5-Veronelli
93 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
88 -@@-9-James Suckling
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
10,20 
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
5 -@@-3-Bibenda
87 -@@-5-Veronelli
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
29,90 
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
87 -@@-5-Veronelli
91 -@@-9-James Suckling
5 -@@-3-Bibenda
26,00 
13,00 
89 -@@-9-James Suckling
12,90 
94 -@@-9-James Suckling
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
93 -@@-5-Veronelli
4 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
36,80 
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
90 -@@-5-Veronelli
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
93 -@@-9-James Suckling
23,50 
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
91 -@@-9-James Suckling
88 -@@-5-Veronelli
11,90 
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
16,80 
Promo
93 -@@-8-Wine Spectator
5 -@@-3-Bibenda
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
95 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
28,60 
13,00 € 11,40 
Promo
89 -@@-9-James Suckling
9,50 
94 -@@-9-James Suckling
11,90 
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
94 -@@-9-James Suckling
91 -@@-7-Robert Parker
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
31,50 
90 -@@-9-James Suckling
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
90 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
12,70 
93 -@@-7-Robert Parker
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
93 -@@-9-James Suckling
24,90 
87 -@@-5-Veronelli
90 -@@-9-James Suckling
92 -@@-14-Decanter
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
11,90 
2 -@@-1-Gambero Rosso
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
88 -@@-5-Veronelli
3 -@@-2-Vitae AIS
14,00 
4 -@@-3-Bibenda
95 -@@-11-Luca Maroni
92 -@@-9-James Suckling
89 -@@-7-Robert Parker
6,10 

Nero d'Avola is an ancient native Sicilian grape variety that expresses the warm, beating, Mediterranean heart of the island. Today, it is one of the most famous and widely grown red grapes in the region, contributing to the success of Sicilian wines worldwide. Mainly used on its own, but also in combination with other international and local grapes, it produces a full-bodied red wine with a high alcohol content, a deep and intense colour, suitable for ageing in wood to soften its powerful and vigorous nature. Depending on the producer's style, method and area of production, it has given rise to different versions: from the more traditional ones, which come from the alberello-trained vines of the Noto and Pachino area, to the more modern, soft and barricaded ones, which have favoured the spread of the variety also outside of Italy.

The Long History of Nero di Avola

The origins of Nero di Avola are uncertain; the most credible hypothesis is that it was imported by the Greeks into the Syracuse area between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. The various synonyms by which it was known in ancient times have further confused its origins. The name 'Calabrese', by which it was typically known in the 19th century, would suggest that it came from the southern Italian region. The terms used to identify it included Calabrese Nero and Calabrese Dolce. However, there is no trace of its presence in Calabria and it has been established that the term Calabrese derived from an Italianisation of the Sicilian dialect form Calaulisi, which translates as 'grape' (Cala) from 'Avola' (Aulisi). This shows that this Syracuse centre was its stronghold and that from there it spread first to Noto and Pachino and then throughout Sicily.

For many centuries it was considered a blending wine because its full-bodied, warm structure and intense colour could reinforce light, colourless reds. Thus for decades Nero d'Avola wine was considered of little value and was sold in large quantities by sea to France, where it was called le vin médecine. It has recently come back to prominence and it is thanks to the enhancement of native vines that it has been able to change its identity: from a blend grape it has established itself as a great pure red wine, reaching excellent qualitative heights and carving out a place for itself among the best Italian reds. Among the most important and valuable labels are the "Mille e una Notte" of Donnafugata, the Harmonium of Firriato, some expressions of Planeta and Tasca d'Almerita and the Nero d'Avola Gulfi, a Sicilian juice of great elegance and structure.



The Different Expressions of the Island and their Pairings

Nero d'Avola is one of the most cultivated and best-known grape varieties in Sicily. It originated in the south-eastern part of the island and then spread like wildfire across the whole island. In the Syracuse area, which is the most suitable, it gives rise to Nero d'Avola DOC and is traditionally and mainly grown using the alberello training system, an ancient system that allows it to protect itself from the scorching Mediterranean sun. The area's climate is dry and ventilated by the pleasant breezes that blow in from the sea, allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. It is a grape with a good yield that prefers poor, sandy soils, thus limiting its production and concentrating its taste and aromas. The high sugar content in the grape allows it to develop a good alcohol content. The rest of Sicily is home to Nero d'Avola IGT, a more modern and concentrated version, sometimes in a blend or alone, but still capable of conveying the warmth and beauty of the extraordinary Sicilian land.

The younger versions are matured in steel only to maintain all the distinctive features of the type. The result is a red wine with an intense ruby red colour, adorned with violet tones, which presents juicy, fruity aromas of plums and blackberries with small hints of spices and Mediterranean bush and a rich, fresh, fragrant flavour. With ageing in wood, in barrels or barriques, the colour becomes more consistent and darker, turning towards garnet and the aroma becomes broader and more intense, acquiring roasted notes of coffee and tobacco, and aromas of liquorice, menthol, carob and leather. The flavour becomes warmer and more robust, with softer, sweeter tannins and longer ageing potential. The more fragrant versions go well with local red and white meat dishes or traditional Sicilian cheeses and cold cuts, as well as structured fish dishes. The softer, full-bodied expressions go perfectly with braised meats, grilled red meats, mature cheeses and game.

On Callmewine you can find a wide selection of the best Nero d'Avola wines at the best price, complete with a descriptive card, pairing suggestions and information on serving at the table. Discover the most suitable bottle for your dinner and conquer your guests with the great wines proposed by Callmewine.