Molinara, red wine grape variety native to Italy. It is grown in the Veneto region, mostly in the province of Verona where its delicate style of wines means it is used as a part of a blend. Its light-coloured, delicate red wine can be under-appreciated and may prove a success as a stand-alone pink or ‘rosato’ wine.
The name | Molinara derives from ‘mulino’, Italian for windmill because its heavy white bloom looks like the grape is covered in flour. Its other names are Rossanella (around Lake Garda area), Brespon (in Valpantena) and Uva Sala.
Wine style | Pale pink redcwines. Aromas and flavours of red berry fruits, blood orange and herbs/spices. Lively acidity, markedly saline. Adds a lighter counterpoint to Amarone.
Wines | Veneto: Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. | Bardolino DOC. | Bardolino Superiore DOCG. | Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG. | Valpolicella DOC. | Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC.
See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.113-4