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. 

Campi Valerio Wines

Located in Di Monteroduni, near Isernia in the Molise region, this winery exports award winning red and white wines to Toronto Canada and soon to Montreal, Quebec.

Guest: Antonio Valerio, Owner

Di Majo Norante

A winery located in Nuova Cliteria, a suburb in the Molise region near Campomarino. This historical winery is run by Signor Don Luigi and his family.

Guests: Signor Don Luigi Di Majo, Owner; Adele D'Alete, Sales & Marketing 

Caseficio Di Nucci

A visit to the Di Nucci cheese factory in Agnone, in the Molise region.

Guests: Franco Di Nucci, Owner; Serena Di Nucci, Marketing 

I Dolci Grappoli

A quaint family run agritourism located in Larino in the Molise region.

Guest: Angelo D'Uva 

La Molisana Pasta Factory

A family run business by the Ferro group, which spans over 100 years! 4 hard working generations propel this milling dynasty here in Campobasso in the Molise region.

Guest: Flavio Ferro, Chief Operations Officer

Larino Roman Amphitheater

An historical landmark nestled in the heart of Larino in the Molise region of Italy. This 80 BC amphitheater once featured gladiators from Rome and neighboring towns whose epic battles delighted both noble and village townspeople.

Guests: Carlo Vigliotti; Lori De Sanctis 

Marinelli Bell Factory

The oldest church bell producing factory in all of Europe, located in the town of Agnone, in the Molise region.

Guests: Walter Borrelli, Guide; Ettore Marinelli, Family member

Masseria Le Piane

Located in Campomarina in the Molise region, this spectacular 4-bedroom Bed & Breakfast is run by the Di Giulio family!

Guest:  Laura De Cesare

Principe Pignatelli Olive Oil

Located in Di Monteroduni, near Isernia in the Molise region, this olive oil producer with 4,000 trees of various olives manufactures award winning extra virgin and flavored olive oil!

Guest: Domenica Berardi 

La Pampanella

A ready to serve pork specialty introduced to the Molise region by the town of San Martino in Pensilis.

Guest: Matteo Muccillo 

 

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. 

Campi Valerio Wines

Located in Di Monteroduni, near Isernia in the Molise region, this winery exports award winning red and white wines to Toronto Canada and soon to Montreal, Quebec.

Guest: Antonio Valerio, Owner

Di Majo Norante

A winery located in Nuova Cliteria, a suburb in the Molise region near Campomarino. This historical winery is run by Signor Don Luigi and his family.

Guests: Signor Don Luigi Di Majo, Owner; Adele D'Alete, Sales & Marketing 

Caseficio Di Nucci

A visit to the Di Nucci cheese factory in Agnone, in the Molise region.

Guests: Franco Di Nucci, Owner; Serena Di Nucci, Marketing 

I Dolci Grappoli

A quaint family run agritourism located in Larino in the Molise region.

Guest: Angelo D'Uva 

La Molisana Pasta Factory

A family run business by the Ferro group, which spans over 100 years! 4 hard working generations propel this milling dynasty here in Campobasso in the Molise region.

Guest: Flavio Ferro, Chief Operations Officer

Larino Roman Amphitheater

An historical landmark nestled in the heart of Larino in the Molise region of Italy. This 80 BC amphitheater once featured gladiators from Rome and neighboring towns whose epic battles delighted both noble and village townspeople.

Guests: Carlo Vigliotti; Lori De Sanctis 

Marinelli Bell Factory

The oldest church bell producing factory in all of Europe, located in the town of Agnone, in the Molise region.

Guests: Walter Borrelli, Guide; Ettore Marinelli, Family member

Masseria Le Piane

Located in Campomarina in the Molise region, this spectacular 4-bedroom Bed & Breakfast is run by the Di Giulio family!

Guest:  Laura De Cesare

Principe Pignatelli Olive Oil

Located in Di Monteroduni, near Isernia in the Molise region, this olive oil producer with 4,000 trees of various olives manufactures award winning extra virgin and flavored olive oil!

Guest: Domenica Berardi 

La Pampanella

A ready to serve pork specialty introduced to the Molise region by the town of San Martino in Pensilis.

Guest: Matteo Muccillo 

 

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