Fiano (fee-AH-noh) is a varietal from Campania, and has existed since Ancient Rome. The traditional name for the grape is 'vitis apiana,' meaning 'beloved by bees,' which is fitting for the varietals waxy texture and honeyed notes. The varietal characteristically shows strong floral aromas and possesses generous body and roundness. Fiano almost became extinct when it fell out of popularity in the 1800's. More recently, the Mastroberardino family identified a strain of Fiano in their vineyards in the 1940's. Since then, the production of Fiano has increased, with some producers still making dessert wines and sparkling from the grape. Pirro Varone is located in the town of Manduria, within Salento, a designate of Puglia. The soils of tufaceous (volcanic ash) and red earth are favoured by Fiano, producing elegant minerality. The distinct soils have been developed over centuries of lava deposits from Mount Vesuvius. Serve chilled to 8-10 degrees Celsius, with several years of bottle age this wine is ready to enjoy today.
Bright glimmering gold, consistent from core to rim.
Initially reserved and soft, but opens with some swirls of your glass. Dominant floral and herbal notes of hibiscus, bee's wax and dried sage with unique play of tropical and citrus fruits with passion fruit and lime zest.
Plush body of medium weight, with a chalky-mineral feeling left on the tongue. The wine is dry with quenching acidity. Floral perfumes continue with Granny Smith apple and hazelnut flowing through the finish.
The right match is key when pairing bold aromatic wines. Try dishes native to southern Italy that use tomato, shellfish or cod. Or experiment with bold flavours of herbs, like Falafal with parsley or pesto.