Emidio Pepe

 

 

Emidio Pepe founded his winery in 1964, after working alongside his father and his grandfather which already back in 1889 where making wine at Casa Pepe. Emidio strongly believed in the great aging potential of Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and he dedicated all his energies to those two indigenous grape varietals. The estate is located in Torano Nuovo, in the most Northern part of Abruzzo, between the Adriatic sea and the Gran Sasso Mountain. This area provides the perfect microclimate to allow the vines to grow and produce grapes of outstanding quality. The climate balances the influence of the sea together with the cold streams from the Gran Sasso Mountain, giving birth to a perfect condition that

allows a slow and progressive ripening of the flavors that creates Pepe’s wines with ideal balance. The clay and limestone soil go down for more than several meters, and provides the vines with a specific mineralogy- allowing the wine to have complexity and longevity.

The Pepe family continues to own and operate the estate to this day, and everything from vineyards to the cellar is done by hand.  In fact, there is no electricity in the Chai. From the very first harvest they have not altered their winemaking methods and to this day no machines are used during harvest. Picking is done exclusively by hand, selecting only the perfect grapes. The white grapes are crushed by feet in a big wooden tub, 350kg at a time and are treaded for 40-45 minutes allowing a constant stimulation of skin with the juice, releasing matter, flavors and aromas. This method also allows for a  soft pressing of the grapes; the stems stay intact and it creates a rich must ready to ferment. Only the juice ferments in small concrete tanks, where spontaneous fermentation will start and go on for 30-35 days. From concrete the wine will go straight into bottle to start his long maturation. Before any wine over 10 years old is released to the market, bottles are re-opened and hand decanted, one by one, to remove the sediments and to check the quality of each bottle. While losing some liquid in this process, the new bottle is quickly topped up with a second bottle of the same vintage and corked. On the cork they print the year of the decantation, so the client knows when this process of quality control has happened.

Emidio Pepe Pecorino

 

Appellation: IGT Colli Aprutini

Grapes: Pecorino

Vine Age: Planted in 2004

Vineyad: Sourced from vineyards around the winery in Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo.

Vinification: Hand harvested grapes are crushed by foot. Vinified with ambient, natural yeast in glass-lined cement vats. Aged for a few months in tank, the wine is bottled and aged for an additional 2-3 years. Unfined, unfiltered, and unsulfured. Older vintages are decanted by hand and recorked upon receipt of the order. 

Tasting Notes:  Intensely flavored with notes of yellow plum, herbs and minerals - it's full of personality and best drunk with a slight chill.

Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

 

Appellation: DOCG Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

Grapes: Trebbiano

Vine Age: Oldest vines are 40 years old

Vineyad: Sourced from vineyards around the winery in Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo.

Vinification: Hand harvested grapes are crushed by foot. Vinified with ambient, natural yeast in glass-lined cement vats for 15 months. Unfined, unfiltered, and unsulfured. Older vintages are decanted by hand and recorked upon receipt of the order. 

Tasting Notes:  Textured and serious white that develops with time in the glass or decanter. 

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

 

Appellation: DOCG Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Grapes: Montepulciano

Vine Age: Oldest vines are 40 years old

Vineyad: Sourced from vineyards around the winery in Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo.

Vinification: Hand harvested grapes are crushed by foot. Vinified with ambient, natural yeast in glass-lined cement vats for two years. Unfined, unfiltered, and unsulfured. Older vintages are decanted by hand and recorked upon receipt of the order. 

Tasting Notes:  Depending on the vintage: meaty, savory, brambly, herbal, tangy...etc. Deep complexity  combined with a frankness that makes it easy to dive in. 

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