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Country of Origin: Italy
Region of Origin: Campania
Typical Product: White
Structure: Light
Climate: Cool to Warm
Soil Type: Damp, Chalk
Serving Temp: 45 - 50F
Ageability: 2 to 4
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Other Names*:


Fiano is a white Varietal from Italy's Campania region.  Multiple sources state that is the source of the wine Apianum, which was well documented in the Roman Empire.  However, there is no hard proof that this is the same Varietal.  Additional theories espouse it being related to Apiana family of grapes (like Muscat) but recent genetic testing seems to indicate this as unlikely as well.  The bottom line is no one really knows where it came from.  Italy does allow Apianum to be used on labels of Fiano from the Avellino DOCG (wine producing area in Italy similar to a French appellation).  It is noted in reliable documentation as far back as the 12 century.

Fiano's texture is often described as waxy or oily, meaning that it has a certain 'thickness' not often found in white Varietals.  Both the smell and taste are reminiscent of mead (or honey wine).  It is slightly sweet but has a surprising depth to it if well made.  Fiano can improve with a couple of years of age but can just as quickly lose its luster so keeping it more than three years is risky unless it is made in a heavier style.  Few new world Fianos are made to age.

Fiano is not typically grown for economics.  The vine is low yielding and the small yellow berries produce a relatively small amount of juice.  It does best with consistent heat and in geologically active Southern Italy; it is most often grown in volcanic soil.  Even with the heat, in its native Italy, it ripens later, with harvest even stretching into November.

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
2011  $24.00   
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