Native to the south of Italy, the region of his father’s birth, this grape variety loves heat and produces a wine that is black in colour, delicate but with intense flavour.
Angelo has spent many years researching this varietal, a number of trips back to Italy to consult his father’s family to ensure the right conditions were available in the De Fazio vineyard. A specific soil profile and row orientation is required, plus a different approach to pruning and viticultural management. One block that was an ancient riverbed with loamy, sandy soil covering a rounded gravel of sandstone, ironstone and quartz over a bed of dark red clay with large pieces of scattered quartz was perfect.
Continuing the family winemaking tradition in Australia is a source of great pride for Angelo and he says the De Fazio Nero d’Avola is strikingly similar to those he tasted in Italy, something he’s sure would make his father smile.