Molise accounts for 1% of Italy’s wine production (17th in volume among the regions), with red wine representing 75% of its output.
The region, which was once an appendix of Abruzzo, gained official status in wine in the 1980s with the DOCs of Biferno and Pentro di Isernia.
Molise’s sunny hillsides between the Apennines Mountains and the Adriatic Sea have proven quite favorable to grape cultivation, and the region is beginning to produce wines on par with those of neighboring Abruzzo, Lazio, Apulia and Campania (though on a smaller scale).
The Dominant 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 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.
Common Local Grape Varieties
- Pinot Grigio