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Italian wine and grape guide : Molinara


The Molinara grape is characterized by an abundant presence of bloom on the berries, from which it gets the name mulinara, i.e. “from the mill”. It is a native grape from the Veneto area and since 1800 this variety has been grown in the Valpolicella, Valpantena and in the Val d'Illasi and in these areas has taken on different names like “Rossara” or “Rossanella” in the Garda area, or “Brepon” in Valpantena and it is many times confused with “Ua salà” (salted grapes, because of the salty taste). Moinara has a black, medium, spheroidal, slightly elongated berry with red-violet, firm and slightly thick skin, very waxy. The cluster is medium, elongated, with one or two short wings, rather loose with a medium-large, slightly elongated, three-lobed, sometimes entire leaf. The Molinara grape variety has good vigor and abundant production. In purity, Molinara gives a wine of cherry-pink color, delicate aroma, and medium body. Typically the Molinara grape is vinified in blends with other grapes of the area to get the wines of Valpolicella and Bardolino.

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