Molinara (grape)

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Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skinBlack
SpeciesVitis vinifera
Also calledRossara, Rossanella, Brepon molinaro
OriginVeneto region of Italy
Notable regionsValpolicella, Bardolino
Notable winesValpolicella DOC (Rosso and Superiore; includes Classico and Valpantena subzones), Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Bardolino DOC, Bardolino Superiore DOCG
Ideal soilChalky clay
VIVC number7899

Molinara is a red Italian wine grape which accounted for 595 hectares (1,470 acres) of planting land in Italy as of 2010, almost exclusively in the Veneto region.[1] It adds acidity to the wines of the Valpolicella and Bardolino regions, which are made with blends of Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara and Rondinella. The wine's high propensity for oxidation, coupled with its low color extract, has caused a decline in favor and plantings among Venetian vineyards, declining in ten years by more than half from an area of 1,301 hectares (3,210 acres) in 2000.[1] There has been debate about whether the grape is purple or blue. [2] This grape is occasionally blended with Merlot to produce soft elegant rosés, and Molinara also accounts for 122 hectares (300 acres) of planting land in Spain.


  1. ^ a b Anderson, K and Aryal, NR (2013). Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where? A Global Empirical Picture. University of Adelaide Press. doi:10.20851/winegrapes. ISBN 978-1-922064-67-7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition pg 447 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6