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Tintilia del Molise (grape variety)

The red grape variety (also Tintilia) probably originates from Spain. It should not be confused with the Mazuelo variety (with the synonym Tintilia), the Tintilia cultivated in Campania and Sardinia or the Spanish Tintilia de Rota, despite the fact that they seem to be synonyms or morphological similarities. The vine, which ripens medium to late, is susceptible to various fungal diseases such as powdery and downy mildew and botrytis, but is extremely resistant to drought and chlorosis. It produces full-bodied red wines with soft tannins and a wide range of aromas of blackberries, cherries and plums. The variety was allegedly introduced from Spain to the Italian region of Molise in the middle of the 18th century. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2006, it is closely related to the Parraleta variety, which seems to confirm its Spanish origin. The almost extinct variety has been revived, with the Cipressi winery in San Felice Del Molise in the province of Campobasso(Molise) playing a major role in this. It is registered in the DOC areas of Pentro di Isernia and Tintilia del Molise. Small quantities are also available in the province of Chieti(Abruzzo). In 2016, a total of 66 hectares of vineyards were registered in Italy, but with a decreasing tendency (statistics Kym Anderson).

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