Fiano

(fee-ON-oh)
Synonyms: Apiana, Apiano, Fiana, Fiano di Avellino, Fiore Mendillo, Foiano, Latina Bianca, Latina Bianca di Barletta, Latino, Latino Bianco, Minutola, Minutolo, Santa Sofia

Wine Name: Fiano, Fiano di Avelino, Apianum, Cilento,

Background: Fiano is a white Italian wine grape grown near Naples, Italy (Campania region) and on Sicily. It has moderate floral notes and tastes of subtle honey, nuts, and spice along with tropical fruit aromas. It is medium acid and similar in body to the Italian grape Falanghina. It is not only made as a varietal dry wine but also as a dessert wine by using the appassimento method of drying grapes to raisinate them on straw mats similar to the process used to produce Amarone wines in the Verona region.

Classic Brands and Sources:  Cantine Terranera, Guido Marsella,  Quintodecimo Exultet, Mastroberardino, MandraRossa, Villa Raiano

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical dry

Body – medium (-) to medium

Acidity – medium

Sweetness – dry but floral

Tannins – low

Style #2 – sweet

Body – medium (-) to medium

Acidity – medium

Sweetness – dry but floral

Tannins – low

 

 

Wine and food pairing guidelines:

Fiano wine is very versatile in that it works well with both slightly acidic (e.g., tomato-based) and with savory (e.g. cheese, butter) dishes. Since it is often left on the yeast lees for longer than most wines, it develops more body and smoothness that complement heavier dishes. It would pair with many of the same foods that Vermentino, Roero Arneis

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
In Italy it commonly is used with fish and shellfish, but it also goes well with chicken, pork, and veal with any sauces that are not strongly citrusy.

Cheese Pairings:
Boursin-herbed, Brick, Derby, Feta (sheep’s milk), goat cheese, Gouda, Havarti, Majorero (Spanish hard goat cheese) Mahon, Bucheron (French goat cheese), dry Jack cheese, Cream, Neufchatel , Saint -Felicien (French cow;s milk cheese), Raclette, Pave Affinois

See also Appetizers for medium acidity-medium bodied white wines