Fiano is an underrated white Italian grape variety that thrives on volcanic soils around Mount Vesuvius in the region of Campania. Good Fiano has white flowers on the nose, combined with a nutty richness on the palate. The highly volcanic soils around Sannio give a dry finish, described by some as mineral. This classy example has been matured in acacia wood to add some extra herbal character. - Andy Howard
About the Wine
Campania is the home to some of Italy’s finest white wines, with less well-known varieties such as Greco, Fiano, Falanghina and Code di Volpe leading the way. The area is dominated by its volcanic history and many of the top areas are located to the north and east of Mount Vesuvius.
The cellar and vineyards for this wine are on a single hill in Contrada Eremita, which is part of the municipality of Benevento in the Sannio DOC. It is on volcanic soil, far from the sea, with an austere climate (very different from the classic idea of the South) and this Fiano has extra weight which complements the floral notes, all combined with fresh acidity and a mineral finish.
Goes well with
This white wine combines richness, spice and fresh acidity and will work very well as an aperitif, or with salad dishes, roast poultry, and all types of fish and shellfish. They make the finest pizzas close by in Naples, so try Fiano as an interesting alternative to a red wine.