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Nero d'Avola

Red grape variety that is one of the best in Sicily and is also known as Calabrese, suggesting origins in Calabria on the mainland. Total plantings of the variety fell by a third in the 1980s to about 14,000 ha/34,600 acres in 1990 (only a fraction of the island's area devoted to the white Catarratto grape), but quality-minded producers on the island value the body and ageing potential which Nero d'Avola can bring to a blend. varietal Nero d'Avola has shown itself a fine candidate for barrel maturation. Avola itself is in the southern part of the province of Siracusa and nearby Pachino, on the extreme south eastern tip of the island, is particularly reputed for the quality of its Nero d'Avola grapes. For more information, see Sicily.

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