Molise

native and local varieties

  • 49% Montepulciano 
  • 6% Trebbiano Abruzzese 
  • 5% Sangiovese 
  • 4% Trebbiano Toscano 
  • 2% Tintilia 
  • 2% Trebbiano Giallo 
  • 1% Malvasia Bianca 
  • 1% Falanghina 
  • 1% Aglianico 
  • 1% Ciliegiolo 
  • 1% Bovale Grande 
  • 1% Aglianico del Vulture 
  • 1% Malvasia Nera di Brindisi 
  • 1% Bombino Bianco 
  • 1% Barbera 

International varieties

  • 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 2% Merlot 
  • 2% Chardonnay 
  • 1% Pinot grigio 
  • 1% Pinot bianco 

Region

  • population: 307.222 (2018)
  • area: 4.460 km²
  • mountains 55% / hills 45% / plains 0%

Vineyards

  • 2017: 5.550 hectares (stable)
  • 2016: 5.550 hectares (stable)
  • 2015: 5.550 hectares

Wine production

  • 2017: 338.690 hectoliters - 61,6 hectoliters/hectares (+36%)
  • 2016: 249.540 hectoliters - 45,4 hectoliters/hectares (+8%)
  • 2015: 231.858 hectoliters - 42,2 hectoliters/hectares

Classification

  • DOC wines 6% / IGT wines 12% / generic wines 82%
  • red wines 70% / white wines 30%

Enologically speaking, until not long ago, Molise has always focused on local consumption, with large productions without denomination. Its wines are mainly based on Montepulciano, followed at a long distance by the white ones based on Trebbiano (Abruzzese, Toscano and Giallo).

In recent years, with the establishment of the region in 1948 and with the recognition of the first designation in 1983, Biferno DOC, the situation has slowly started to change, providing the producers of Montepulciano and Trebbiano with the possibility of framing their productions within a framework more organic quality.

Today the local winemakers are also re-evaluating some interesting native vines, such as Tintilia and Bombino Bianco, the first with its own designation, Tintilia DOC, both with the designations Molise DOC and Pentro di Isernia DOC.

DOCG wines

  • none

DOC wines

  • Biferno 
  • Molise / Del Molise 
  • Pentro di Isernia / Pentro 
  • Tintilia 

IGT wines

  • Rotae 
  • Osco / Terre degli Osci 
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