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 mainly produced in the Southern Italian region of Avellino, which is both a town and a commune in Campania. Here, the wine (called Fiano de Avellino) receives a DOCG designation. Small portions of Fiano 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 Peloponnesian 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 and have hints of lavender, lemon, peat, and juniper. In short, it is a beautifully complex, elegant anomaly for white wine.
Fiano di Avellino food pairings
Fiano is a very acidic and salty full-bodied white wine and therefore pairs well with white fish, sushi, prawns or other shellfish, fish and chips, paella (don’t tell the Spanish), and salmon. If you’d like to stick with Italian recipes, Fiano also complements pumpkin tortelli alla mantovana, vitello tonnato, ravioli with parmesan, truffled risotto, creamy risotto, spaghetti carbonara, or tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms.