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Tintilia del Molise (grape variety)

The red grape variety (also Tintilia) probably comes from Spain, It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities not with the variety mazuelo (with synonym Tintilia), who cultivated in Campania and Sardinia Tintilia or the Spanish Tintilia de Rota be confused. The medium to late-ripening vine is susceptible to various fungal diseases such as true and false mildew such as Botrytis, but extremely resistant to drought and chlorosis, It produces full-bodied red wines with gentle tannins, as well as various aromas of blackberries, cherries and plums.

Tintilia del Molise - grape and leaf

The variety was allegedly introduced in the mid-18th century from Spain to the Italian region of Molise. According to 2006 were done DNA analysis it is closely related to the variety Parraleta, which seems to confirm the Spanish origin. The almost extinct variety has been revived, what the winery cipressi in San Felice Del Molise in the province of Campobasso ( Molise ) had a significant share. She is in the DOC areas Pentro di Isernia and Tintilia del Molise authorized. There are also small amounts in the province of Chieti ( Abruzzo ). In 2010, a total of 111 hectares of vineyards were recorded in Italy (Kym Anderson ).

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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