According to Molisani “Tintilia” is nothing but a derivation of the name from the dialect word “Tenta” (Hue) in Molise is also called “Tintiglia” or “Tentiglia” given the particular features of this grape staining (= dye Tentiglia ) of dark red any garment.
Legend says that the Tintilia could be the name of the Sardinian variety known as “Bovale Sardo or Bovale Grande”, but the results of genetic analysis have been loyal to the expectations: in fact, 21 of the 22 samples of Tintilia examined were perfectly identical between them and all distinct both from Bovale Sardo from Bovale Grande. So all the analyzed samples are clones and are genetically distinct from the varieties Bovale Sardo and bovale Grande, so this result excludes the supposed synonymy between Tintilia and Bovale Sardo or Grande.
It is said that the eldest son of Count Carafa of Ferrazzano (1300 c.a.) is engaged to the daughter of a high official of the Kingdom of Naples, of Spanish origin. The latter claims that the wedding banquet was served wine which arrives from his home nation. The drink gained unanimous praise from all the guests. Shortly after the young wife died and her husband decided to plant, just as a reminder of the beloved, vineyards for the production of wine that had crowned their union. In Molise language, “Tintilia” is nothing but a derivation of the name from the dialect word “Tenta” (Tinta). In the Molise’s language, in fact, it is also called “Tintiglia” or “Tentiglia” given the particular features of this grape staining (Tentiglia = dye) of dark red any garment.
Ampelographic belonging to the group of “Tintorie” (varieties of berry with very colorful skin), until 1800 was one of the pillars of our region, but from the first post-war period witnessed his sudden demise, either because of its poor adaptability the plain, either by the spread of phylloxera, either by the advent of crops, undoubtedly, the most productive and only the obstinacy of a few growers in the area has prevented the final disappearance.
Became aware almost by chance of Tintilia, Vincenzo Catabbo, a few years ago, he decided to try again the plant in his company, with the belief that if the result was satisfactory, would represent “the highlight” of his own wine production. The attention paid to the 10 hectares of vineyard Tintilia, distributed on the surfaces of “Colle Cervone” and “Terra Petriera”, the careful study done to identify the perfect area for cultivation, the evidence microvinification performed in the cellar with the different methods of vinification, have allowed to the bottle “Tintilia Catabbo” to take a significant and singular position.