Bucking every trend and modern convention, the wines of Emidio Pepe represent one of the most singular expressions in winemaking today.
The Pepe family has been making wines in Abruzzo since 1899. Four generations of the family have been dedicated to making the best Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano wines that they can make and they still make them the way they always made them.
The wines come from the area of Terano Nuovo in Abruzzo – not far from the border with Marche and not far from the waters of the Adriatic sea. The soils are full of minerals and limestone and they give the wines astonishing minerality and acidity that allows these wines to age for a very, very long time. The vineyards are farmed bio-biodynamically.
These wines give new definition to the term ‘hand-made’. The grapes are harvested by hand, hand-destemmed, crushed by foot, fermented in cement tanks with natural yeasts, and hand-bottled without any sulphites whatsoever.
This is one of Italy’s cult wines.
The Pepe family has been kind enough to offer us older vintages of both the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano going back to 1974.