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Nero d'Avola

International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional

Often called "Italy's Syrah", Nero d'Avola makes spicy Italian wines. The wines are high in tannins with plum and pepper flavors, and when grown in a hot, arid climate, often have excellent aging potential. There are few examples outside Italy, and many of the best varietal examples come from Sicily.