Emidio Pepe, a name that has made its place on the best tables around the world and helped put Abruzzo on the Italian wine map, from New York to Paris, since Emidio's debut back in 1964. A true visionary who believed in the potential of his region's iconic grape varieties, Montepulciano and Trebbiano, and for more than half a century has been crafting wines with exceptional ageing potential and that so recognisable Pepe style...
|Cultivated grapes||Montepulciano, Trebbiano|
|First vintage||1964, for Emidio|
|Our favorites||Montepulciano, Pecorino|
It took courage and determination back in 1964 to believe before anyone else in the potential of Montepulciano and Trebbiano, on the edge of Abruzzo, a hilly region in central Italy bordered by the Adriatic Sea and the Sibylline Mountains. The son of Giuseppe, grandson of Emidio, the young Emidio represents the third generation at the helm of this family estate, founded in 1899, whose wines had already shaped the Pepe reputation in the region.
From his first years at the head of the estate, Emidio decided to break the codes that dictated that Montepulciano should be drunk young and set about adapting his practices to achieve his vision. Reduced yields, soil work, manual de-stemming, long maturation in small concrete vats, drastically reduced doses of sulphur, and then patience, a lot of patience... each year, about half of the 80,000 bottles produced are put on the market, the other half are carefully preserved in the cellars of the family's cantina, in Torano Nuovo, where today nearly 350,000 bottles are stored!
Most of the vines are planted under pergolas, a very popular method in Abruzzo, which provide the grapes with natural protection from the sun thanks to the shade produced by the leaves. This shade is very useful during the hot summer months and allows the grapes to preserve their silky tannins and fresh aromas. Emidio has always refused the use of synthetic products in his vineyards and favoured practices similar to organic or biodynamic agriculture before its time, defending rich and living soil.
Each year, mature vintages are brought out of the cellar, the bottles are delicately decanted by hand into new bottles, cleaned, labelled with the original labels, and then offered to the family's customers around the world.
The fourth generation, led by Emidio's two daughters, Sofia and Daniela, and Chiara, Emidio's granddaughter, have been carrying on Nono Emidio's work for some years now, with the utmost respect for the family traditions.
A rarity and a real curiosity found only on the Italian market, and only in restaurants there, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is a real unicorn in the world of Emidio Pepe.
A 100% Montepulciano cuvée that is similar to a rosé, comparable to the style of Tavel or those deeper, more complex rosés. Its rarity is matched only by its quality, and if you have the chance, during a trip to Italy, to taste this precious nectar, don't hesitate for a second...