The often overlooked region of Molise 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 the quality of their neighbors in Abruzzi, Apulia or Campania.
The recent DOC of Molise takes in a number of Italian and native varieties, creating new possibilities for producers who are striving to establish an identity with wine beyond the region. The rolling hills and the mild Adriatic climate of Molise favor wines of class. 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.