Molise is a little known and small Italian region, not only from a wine point of view. Used to be one with Abruzzo, it was called Abruzzi e Molise, only in 1963 the region gained its independence and in the 1980s was granted its first DOCs, Biferno and Pentro di Isernia, followed by the Tintilia del Molise in 2011.
With only three DOCs, the majority of wine produced in Molise is bottled as IGT and the grape grown, except the native Tintilia, are native grapes from neighbouring regions, from Campania’s falanghina and Aglianico, to Abruzzo’s Montepulciano and Trebbiano to Apulia’s Bombino.
Molise due to its diverse topography, very similar to Abruzzo, with mountains and sea and hills in between, with its diverse climates together with its combination of soils, create an ideal vine growing environment. Molise’s wine production is small, accounting for less than 1% of the Italian total wine production.