“ … a glass of wine always hides a long history”
THE REGION The first impression of someone who is visiting Molise is to immerse himself in an uncontaminated oasi where the colors, the smells, the seductive valleys refer to a natural landscape of the past.
The map of Italy highlights the Molise Region and indicates the town of San Felice del Molise
It has been described as "a treasure of unknown beauty " since a few thousand kilometers there are all the different types of landscape from mountains to hills, from the plains to lush woods, to rivers and to the sea.
Some pictures of the Molise region
Molise is the only Italian region created by the division of 2 regions. It was established in 1963, and for posting by the then region "Abruzzi and Molise" becoming the twentieth region of Italy.
THE CANTINE CIPRESSI WINERY The Cantine Cipressi winery is located in the rolling hills of San Felice del Molise and commands an outstanding view of the Adriatic, the Tremiti Islands and the Gargano. San Felice del Molise is a small town, nestled on a hill, that dominates the lower valleys and therefore allows us to appreciate a beautiful landscape. This town, with Acquaviva Collecroce and Montemitro is an ethno-linguistic minority of Molise Croatian origin: in fact, the town has proudly retained the language of its ancestors and the typical atmosphere of those countries where everything derived from local production.
The hills of San Felice del Molise
As often happens with a winery, someone starts with a dream, for Ernesto and Claudio Cipressi (the owners) that dream began in San Felice del Molise : a perfect location for growing quality grapes. In fact, the soil and the climatic conditions were highly suited to the production of the raw materials for fine wines: the intense sun by day and the cool breeze of the hill by night, give our grapes an intense and quality flavour, ideal for wines.
Tintilia vineyard and grape
The Cipressi family has been active in the wine sector for three generations. They began making wines principally from local grape varieties as Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Aglianico, Falanghina, but the Cipressi have focused special attention on the cultivation and vinification of the Tintilia grape, an ancient, autochthonous variety that had virtually vanished from vineyards until a short time ago. The Cipressi winery has always championed environmentally correct method and works to protect our environment by growing the vineyard in a sustainable organic way. This means that we only use sulfur and copper - our natural fungicides.
The battery of steel tanks that mantains wine a controlled temperature
In more recent years, the family has begun the construction of a new winery : more precisaly the cellar was built in 2001 (but it is still being completed) on a covered area of about 1,000 m2 and is based on the most innovative technologies for wine making. The unit is already applying modern techniques to the houseâ€™s output. The winemaking process consists of handmade hard work: our grapes are picked by hand, early in the morning, taken back to the winery where they are destemmed and gently crushed. We cold soak the must for a few days to produce the highestquality wines. One part is dedicated to the processing of grapes which are destemmed as soon as they arrive in the cellar with a crusher and horizontal destemmer that keeps the berries intact. A battery of steel tanks, mantained at a controlled temperature, is used for the fermentation and the aging, under the constant supervision of the winemaker. Our production provides the aging in barrels for certain types: this phase is dispensed carefully in order to clearly maintain the characteristics of the wines.
The Barrel Cellar
As you come into our tasting room, we expect you will instantly catch the quiet and friendly atmosphere while enjoying the country landscape and tasting the fine wine selections
OUR TEAM It 'a team of people who believe in a joint so that nature and man can work together on behalf of Quality. THE OWNERS Claudio Cipressi, Ernesto Travaglini THE WINEMAKER Goffredo Agostini THE AGRONOMIST Valentina Ciccimarra THE CELLAR MAN Michele Mancini SALES AND MARKETING OFFICE Roberta Luciani RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCOUNTING Angela Zara
The owners â€“ Claudio & Ernesto
Claudio with the winemaker & the agronomist
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The range is expression of the territory and at the same time of the vines skillfully valorized. These wines are the result of years of work and study, aimed at highlighting the potential of wine grape varieties. Indeed, each of wines contributes in a different way to express the complex and the sensorial context of Molise wine. Most of the wines are made from grapes Montepulciano and Tintilia.
The vine varieties historically grown in the Molise Grapes and wine were known to the men who inhabited the lands that corresponds to the current Molise region right from the very earliest times. The Samnite tribes who lived in these places in historical times had learnt the art of making wine and other fermented drinks, very probably from the Greeks or from Etruscans, with whom they had come into contact. After water, wine constituted the basic drink at table for everyone. In the Molise region the average quantity of red grapes produced is markedly greater than other varities (approx. 70% red grapes vs. 30% white).
The Cipressi have focused special attention on the cultivation and vinification of the Tintilia grape, an ancient, autochthonous variety and on the Montepulciano grape. Montepulciano vine has balanced vigour and gives an average and constant yield. The bunch is thinly packed to just the right degree, with round, black/violet â€“ coloured grapes, and has a strong, pruinous skin. It prefers well exposed positions and a warm, dry climate. The wine obtained is of an intense red colour, with considerable body and alcohol content. The wine is of excellent quality and very suitable for long ageing.
The current Italian legislation classifies wines according to a pyramid structure: at the base of which we find the ordinary table wine, and moving gradually up the scale we find IGT, DOC and the top DOCG.
Molise and its DOC zonas
The wine described by the acronym IGT (Typical Geographical Indication) is obtained from grapes produced in certain areas (or sub – areas) which, unlike ordinary table wines, can also be described on the label as having a “typical geographical” character, thereby giving a guarantee of their origin and typical nature. The production of these wines is governed by a set of rules and regulations approved by a special Ministerial Decree and their grapes must correspond to those recommended and/or authorised in each area or sub – area.
At the top of the quality tree lie the wines that can bear the European branding V.P.Q.R.D. (Quality Wines Produced in Determined Regions). Amongst these we find the famous DOC (Wine of controlled origin) and the rare DOCG (Wine of controlled and guaranteed origin). In order to be classified as DOC and DOCG, wine must be obtained from recommended and/or authorised grapes, coming from vineyards duly registered with the Roll of Wine – growers at the respective Chambers of Commerce and Agriculture, and located in specific wine – growing areas. These must be laid down by law and prove to be particularly suitable. The regulations, in other words, must stipulate that the conditions of production and in particular the natural characteristics of the environment, such as climate, land, position, altitude and exposure are ideal for the quality of the finished wine. Furthemore the wines will have to be subjected to chemical and organoleptic tests, batch by batch, before being passed for consumption.
The IGT "Terre degli Osci" or "Osco" refers to the dawn of local history, taking its name from the people who inhabited the present Molise, proud and culturally advanced as evidenced by the language, with very few modifications, was then acquired by the Samnites, the invading warriors in 600 B.C. took possession of their land. Already at that time the screw was at home in these hills as evidenced by the many artifacts that museums oenological archeological preserve. Regarding the image on the label, there are some Oscan coins that were found in Molise region.
Our awards Since its beginning, the Cipressi winery has had one goal: to produce some of the truly great wines in Italy: today, its wines has received countless national awards.
we were selected and included in the guide "Italy's Best wines 2012" written by Ian D'Agata a famous taster;
CORONA for the guide VINI BUONI D’ITALIA edited from Touring Club ;
we are Oscar quality / price of the Gambero Rosso;
we were selected every year for the Merano Wine Festival, the most exclusive and elegant food and wine event in Europe;
our wines were tasted at the event ITALIAN CUISINE & WINE WORLD SUMMIT, that took place the last few days in Hong Kong. In that occasion the famous taster Francois Mauss spoke of our Tintilia at a seminar about the autochthonous vines;
3 STARS in the guide VERONELLI 2011 ;
4 GRAPPOLI from the guide AIS DUEMILAVINI ;
Award "Vino Slow" for Molise in the guide SLOW WINE;
Silver medal in the competition SELECTION OF MAYOR, and also is joined in the representative that the Enoteca Italiana has chosen to bring the World Cup for the management of the Wine Bar in Casa Azzurri;
TOP HUNDRED 2011 that is The 100 BEST ITALIAN WINES of Papillon (by journalists and Paolo Massobrio Marco Gatti);
our wine was chosen for both bottles made for celebrating the 150 years of the Unification of Italy.