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
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