Nero d’Avola is a red wine grape variety that is native to Sicily. It produces a range of wines from rose to flavoursome full body table wines. Nero d’Avola is a late ripening variety with budburst occurring in mid-September, similar to Shiraz.
Observations of Nero d’Avola growing in Sicily and in the small number of plantings in Australia suggest the following attributes
• Bunch size can be large with weights exceeding 500g if ample water is applied
• Berry size is average in size
• Berry skin is thin
• Bunch composition is tight unless water stress is applied at flowering
• Late ripening variety (can be later than Cabernet Sauvignon)
• Vigour high
• Canopy droops (non-erect)
• Prone to bunch rots if late harvest rains experienced
Ricca Terra Farms were the first growers to plant Nero d’Avola in the Riverland. In 2010 & 2011 1.2Ha were planted just outside of Barmera in the Ricca Terra Farms Barmera Vineyards. The clone planted was MAT 1 and was grafted onto Ruggeri rootstock. The vineyard soil is a red earth over limestone. Irrigation is applied via under vine sprinklers and drip irrigation and the trellis design is a single wire with two catching wires.
Nero d’Avola was planted by Ricca Terra Farms as a grape variety that has the potential to withstand the extreme climatic conditions of the Riverland, while at the same time producing high quality wine.
Ricca Terra Farms has found that Nero d’Avola is suited to the warmer climates of the Riverland and tends to require less water than many of the French based varieties planted in similar soil types.
(Synonyms: Calabrese, Calabrese Nero, Calabrese d’Avola, Calabrese Dolce, Calabrese Pizzutello, Calabrese Pizzuto)