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Friday 24 February 2023

Molto makes a big impact in Hobart

A question I get asked a lot: How good is Molton?

Offering serious wines in a casual setting, Molto is a relatively new wine bar and wine shop on the fringe of the Hobart CBD.

Molto, which means many, or plenty, in Italian is the latest venture for the perpetual motion Lubiana family, fifth-generation winemaker Steve Lubiana, his wife Monique and their sixth-generation winemaker son Marco.

Molto’s wine selection is based on the family’s own passion for organic, biodynamic and artisan wines from around the world.

In the second half of 2020 they acquired this space on the fringe of the Hobart CBD, but their opening was repeatedly delayed by Covid and other issues.

Their heritage sandstone and red brick house on Melville Street was chosen partially because it faces south, reducing light and warmth - the enemies of wine in storage.

 The Lubianas describe Molto as a “hybrid wine shop” where customers can pair small bites of food along with a glass or bottle of wine from one of Tasmania’s most intriguing wine lists, featuring small producers and rare imports.

Perhaps a grenache blanc or pinotage from South Africa; or an aged small-batch 1er Cru Chablis. 

The vibe is centred on sustainability and quality. 

When I popped in midweek this week it was buzzing - and the staff were cheerful and knowledgeable. 

Think after-work drinks, or a pre-dinner tipple from local stars including Freycinet Vineyard, Tolpuddle, Stargazer, Mewstone or Anim, or a mainland classic from Cullen or Castagna.

This week, back vintage stars from By Farr were on offer by the glass. As was the rare 2011 Domaine A Cabernet. 

Serious vinophiles beware, it is easy to spend big here - but you can also just a enjoy a pre-dinner glass, or share a platter.

Molto is at 135 Melville St, Hobart.

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