Molise

Description

Description

Molise, which borders Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania and Puglia, is a small region with several interesting topographic features like mountains and alluvial plains. Despite a long history of viticulture that dates back to the Samnites—a people whose reign preceded the Romans—Molise is often thought of as a poor cousin in Italian winemaking. Given that its vineyards, located on the sun-kissed hills between the Apennines and the Adriatic, are very conducive to viticulture, it is somewhat surprising that winemakers here have historically focused primarily on bulk wine. Sometimes reaching heights as high as 500 meters above sea level, most of the region’s vineyards are however concentrated in the southeastern area of Campomarino Nuova Cliternia, near the Mediterranean coast. Molise produces rosé, red and white wines with grapes borrowed from neighbouring regions, like Trebbiano and Montepulcino from Abruzzo, and Falanghina and Aglianico from Campania. The three main DOCs of the area are Pentro d’Isernia, Biferno and Molise, a.k.a. Del Molise. Recently, the rediscovery of the Tintilia grape, the area’s only native varietal (vinified under the name Tintilia del Molise), has been attracting considerable interest among Italian wine aficionados. While the region’s potential is surely there, too few good Molise wines have found their way to market. Still, many believe the tide is turning, with Molise increasingly touted as the next frontier for Italian wine.

What to do?

Long considered simply a thoroughfare, Molise in fact has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. Thanks to its agritourism industry, which produces many local specialties (sausages, Alpine cheeses, traditional pastries, etc.), this often overlooked region is slowly establishing itself as a gourmet destination. 

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Falanghina
  • Montepulciano
  • Sangiovese
  • Tintilia
  • Trebbiano

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Biferno DOC
  • Molise del Molise DOC
  • Pentro di Isernia DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride

Molise, which borders Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania and Puglia, is a small region with several interesting topographic features like mountains and alluvial plains. Despite a long history of viticulture that dates back to the Samnites—a people whose reign preceded the Romans—Molise is often thought of as a poor cousin in Italian winemaking. Given that its vineyards, located on the sun-kissed hills between the Apennines and the Adriatic, are very conducive to viticulture, it is somewhat surprising that winemakers here have historically focused primarily on bulk wine. Sometimes reaching heights as high as 500 meters above sea level, most of the region’s vineyards are however concentrated in the southeastern area of Campomarino Nuova Cliternia, near the Mediterranean coast. Molise produces rosé, red and white wines with grapes borrowed from neighbouring regions, like Trebbiano and Montepulcino from Abruzzo, and Falanghina and Aglianico from Campania. The three main DOCs of the area are Pentro d’Isernia, Biferno and Molise, a.k.a. Del Molise. Recently, the rediscovery of the Tintilia grape, the area’s only native varietal (vinified under the name Tintilia del Molise), has been attracting considerable interest among Italian wine aficionados. While the region’s potential is surely there, too few good Molise wines have found their way to market. Still, many believe the tide is turning, with Molise increasingly touted as the next frontier for Italian wine.

What to do?

Long considered simply a thoroughfare, Molise in fact has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. Thanks to its agritourism industry, which produces many local specialties (sausages, Alpine cheeses, traditional pastries, etc.), this often overlooked region is slowly establishing itself as a gourmet destination. 

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Falanghina
  • Montepulciano
  • Sangiovese
  • Tintilia
  • Trebbiano

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Biferno DOC
  • Molise del Molise DOC
  • Pentro di Isernia DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride