Emidio Pepe

Emidio Pepe

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo
People: Pepe Family, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

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History: Emidio Pepe has been passed down from father to son for four generations. In 1899, the founder of the family, Emidio Pepe was already well known for his excellent wine, which was born with fresh grapes that can be found on the Toran hillsides; and on 1944, his son Giuseppe was alreading selling wine. In 1964 Emidio Pepe, grandson of the founder of the firm, looking ahead, understood the great qualities of the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and begun selling it in bottles as if it was "Black Gold."

Today his daughters Daniela and Sofia Pepe continue with a great passion in producing famous wines, respecting all the methods their fathers used 40 years before. In the last few years Daniela and Sofia, with the typical tenacity of the Pepe Family and the fearlessness of their youth and spirit, have enlarged the properties and elevated the production for the wine cellar, always under the vigilant protection of their father Emidio Pepe.

Location: The family owns 15 hectares of vineyards, cultivated by Emidio with biodynamic methods, in Torano Nuovo in the province of Teramo. The winery is sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea and Apennine mountain range which makes for ideal and very interesting climatic conditions for growing Montepulciano and Trebbiano grapes. The evening cooling effect offered by the mountain and sea air during the hot summers helps extend the ripening period adding to complexity and quality of the wines. The soils in that area are full of minerals and some lime which produces wines that have lively acidity and mineral notes. Acidity is crucial for the longevity of a wine and many of Pepe’s wines can age for years despite the fact that the wines are made organically and have been for decades.

Production: The wines are made in a super traditional style. It is rare to find such a raw expression in today's age of industrialization. Harvest, crushing and destemming is done by hand. No additives or sulfites are used, and wines undergo indigenous yeast fermentation. The family ages their wine in an air-conditioned underground wine cellar. They are the only wine cellar that can offer a vertical from 1964. All the bottles are hand-decanted before entering the market, carefully controlled and selected in a small laboratory where Rosa Pepe pours the wine from one bottle to another, to eliminate the natural sediments that occur at the bottom of the bottle. At the end the bottles are hand-labeled and go for sale. And this is why the Pepe Family guarantee all the bottles for quality, genuineness and long life.

From Wine Advocate 2/2013
"Emidio Pepe is one of the benchmark producers in Italy. His Trebbianos and Montepulcianos are loaded with personality and character. The wines also have proven to age exceptionally well."

YouTube Links
Emidio Pepe Winery in Italy | What is Organic

Media Links
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 182: Chiara De Lulis Pepe
Wine Terroirs: Emidio Pepe
Avvinare: Emidio Pepe, An Iconic Winemaker in Abruzzo
Tar and Roses: The Wines of Emidio Pepe 1964-2001

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Reviews

  • Emidio Pepe 1982 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (5/1/2013)

    This is silky and settled, with fine tannins marking the dried cherry fruit character. Quick to reveal nuances of olive, leather, bresaola and sautéed porcino. Non-blind Emidio Pepe vertical (May 2013). Drink now through 2021.
  • Emidio Pepe 2010 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (5/1/2015)

    Dark golden yellow. Chamomile, almond paste and candied orange peel on the bright, deep nose; the aroma profile is very similar to Valentini’s 2010 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, if slightly less intense. Rich and ripe on the palate, but with razor-sharp lemony acidity lifting the white orchard and musky herbal flavors. Finishes multilayered and long. A serious Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and one of the best ones Pepe has made in some time.
  • Emidio Pepe 2010 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (3/1/2016)

    Rich and layered, this lightly hazy white is medium-bodied and fresh, featuring flavors of steeped apricot, clover honey, singed orange peel, chamomile and dried herb. Finely meshed, with real verve carrying through to the zesty finish. Drink now through 2025.
  • Emidio Pepe 2010 Montepulicano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (10/15/2017)

    Appealing flavors of baked raspberry, orange zest, dried thyme and coffee liqueur ripple across the palate in this elegant, medium-to full-bodied red, which is bright and harmonious, with creamy tannins and a subtle, lingering finish of tar and loamy earth notes. Drink now through 2030.