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Article: Molise: A Region Full Of Surprises

Wine of the Week

Molise: A Region Full Of Surprises

WINE OF THE WEEK

FANNIA FALANGHINA DEL MOLISE DOC 2022

CAMPI VALERIO

Campi Valerio has a long and rich history dating back to the 17th century when Prince Giovanni Pignatelli, a Neapolitan nobleman who resided in Molise, established the estate. In 2004, the Valerio family purchased the land and expanded it from a single vineyard to the five it holds today, allowing them to produce increasingly diverse and complex wines. Despite the rapid demand for their wines, Campi Valerio has remained a very small, artisanal family-run estate, staying true to their philosophy of producing wines representing their terroir and promoting the region's indigenous grapes. The family has combined old traditions with modern winemaking techniques to create truly exciting and unique wines.

Today, we are exploring Falanghina, pronounced “fah-lahn-geeh-nah,” an ancient Italian white-wine grape believed to have been introduced by the Greeks, who had a colony in Campania as far back as the 8th century BC. Now grown in several areas in southern Italy, most examples are fresh, dry and crisp. This single vineyard Falanghina has beautiful notes of ripe citrus, white peach, wildflowers and a long mineral finish. Serve chilled at about 10°C with light starters, salads, and any dish with scallops, shrimp, and clams in a lemon, garlic, and herb sauce.

“Wet stones, limes and green stone fruit on the nose. Dry, mineral and light on the palate, underscored by its gastronomic quality. Drink now.”

JamesSuckling.com, 90 points

Italy's Unicorn

If you are travelling to Italy and looking for the off-the-beaten-track, far from mainstream destinations, Molise is the place to go. It is the second-smallest province in Italy and is a little-known treasure full of nature, history, art, ancient traditions, and gastronomy. Untouched hilly landscapes, sandy beaches with crystal blue waters, and the ancient traditions of winemaking and viticulture make Molise unique and charming. Molise has an ideal terroir for grape varieties such as Tintilia, Sangiovese, Falanghina and Montepulciano. The Volturno River, the longest river in southern Italy, provides a unique microclimate for the vineyards and a mountain, influencing and protecting the vineyards. The region hosts several small, family-owned vineyards that create wines; the terroir is the most distinctive element.

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