This varietal – ´the black grape of Avola´– gets its name from the small town Avola located in the province of Syracuse, in Sicily. Some experts think that its origins lie in Calabria; however, it is hardly cultivated there. Nero d’Avola from Sicily has become a very popular and trendy wine in Germany, Switzerland, and other countries in the last few decades. Its smoothness and fruity character seem to appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers. Nero d’Avola is of little importance in South American viticulture, but is cultivated from time to time by winemakers with southern Italian roots.