Molise Wine

vino_molise_1Molise wine – Photo © ๑♥Kiki Follettosa♥๑

The often overlooked region of Molise, which was once an appendix of Abruzzi, gained official status in wine in the 1980s with the DOCs of Biferno and Pentro di Isernia. The undeniable aptitude for vines on the sunny hillsides between the Apennines and the Adriatic indicates that with a little more effort Molise’s wine producers could match on a small scale the quality of their neighbors in Abruzzi, Apulia or Campania.

The DOC of Molise applies to a mix of native Italian and international varieties, creating new possibilities for producers who have been striving to establish an identity with wine beyond the region. The rolling hills and the mild Adriatic climate of Molise favor wines of class, though the evidence in bottle is not as widespread as it might be.

The IGT category of Osco or Terre degli Osci refers to the Oscan people who inhabited Molise in prehistoric times. The other IGT category is Rotae.

The Molise wines match very well the Molise cuisine, with its local recipes.

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Molise Wines:

DOC Wine
Pentro di Isernia or Pentro

IGT Wine
Osco or Terre degli Osci