When it comes to Italian white wines, many are familiar with Pinot Grigio and sparkling Prosecco . . . but have you heard of Fiano? The Fiano grape produces some of the most exquisite Italian white wines, yet remains an under-the-radar grape to nearly everyone in the U.S., save a few lucky wine lovers.
Guide to Fiano Wine
Where Fiano is produced
Fiano is produced mainly in the Southern Italian region of Avellino, which is both a town and a commune in the region of Campania. There, the wine (called Fiano de Avellino) receives a DOCG designation. Small portions are also produced in Puglia and Sicily.
History of Fiano
Originally from Greece, Fiano has thrived in Campania since ancient times. It is thought to have been brought to the region by Greeks from the Pelopponesian city of Apia,
Flavor Profile of Fiano
Fiano produces low yields of high-quality grapes, and many winemakers take extra care to age the wine for slightly longer than most other white Italian wines. It is known for being complex, aromatic, and elegant. It is full-bodied with notes of hazelnut, flowers, and honey. It can be smoky, have hints of lavender, lemon, peat, and juniper. In short, it is a beautifully complex, elegant anomaly for a white wine.
Fiano di Avellino food pairings
Fiano is very acid and salty, a full-bodied white wine. So let’s pair fish, sushi, prawns, risotto, Caprese and all the crustaceans that with their sweetness will be cut in half by the mighty Fiano. Fish and chips, grilled fish, paella, salmon cooked on the cedar tablet, pumpkin Tortelli alla mantovana, spaghetti with clams, rice noodles with prawns and vegetables, sweet and sour pork, Vitello Tonnato, ravioli with parmesan and risotto truffle, spaghetti carbonara, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms.