Emidio Pepe

Emidio Pepe

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


Emidio Pepe 2016 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT Login AG 92 AG 89 In Stock
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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

Social Media
Emidio Pepe Facebook


  • Emidio Pepe 2003 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/1/2010)

    Pepe’s 2003 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a bomb. Tar, leather, scorched earth and black fruit emerge from this dark, imposing Montepulciano. The wine comes together beautifully in the glass, as the aromas and flavors gain breadth and dimension. Despite the rich style, there is nothing excessive or over-ripe here, just exceptional balance of ripe fruit as captured by a traditional approach to vinification. A final blast of tar informs the long finish. Pepe fans will flip over the 2003, but readers who prefer subtlety over power will want to cellar this for a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to melt away.
  • Emidio Pepe 1983 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/1/2006)

    The fully mature 1983 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a faded red, presents the wilder side of Montepulciano with an earthy, gamey profile and notes of licorice, leather and evolved, stewed fruits that develop in the glass.
  • Emidio Pepe 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (2/1/2013)

    Pepe’s 2007 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is especially rich and large-scaled in this vintage. Honey, roasted nuts, spices and licorice flow from the glass. This is a distinctly powerful, intense Trebbiano. In my view, the 2007 is too forward to age gracefully, but only time will tell for sure. Personally, I wouldn’t push it. The Pepe Trebbiano is as old-school as it gets. The grapes are crushed by foot and fermented in steel, while the wine is aged in cement vats. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.
  • Emidio Pepe 2003 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 87 (7/1/2013)

    Emidio Pepe is an iconic leader of the organic and natural wine movement in Italy. This meaty Montepulciano d'Abruzzo shows some aromas of rubber and Band-Aid followed by polished cherry fruit. A soft and velvety mouthfeel is followed by cured meat and bresaola.
  • Emidio Pepe 2015 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT
    Rating: 92 (1/1/2018)

    Natural winemaking at its best. This evolves beautifully in the glass, revealing bruised apple, honey and Champagne-like aromas. Then come contrasting green herb and candied lemon peel flavors; round, soft and creamy texture with a long, salty finish. Flows beautifully across the palate.
  • Emidio Pepe 2016 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT
    Rating: 92 (9/12/2019)

    Fresh citrus, apple and kettle corn (which is sweeter than popcorn) on the nose and in the mouth. Deep and flavorful, showing a multifaceted quality that lingers impressively on the back end. Pecorino’s mouth-searing acidity is evident on the palate despite the 100% malo. Finishes long and vibrant, with very good juiciness.
  • Emidio Pepe 2016 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT
    Rating: 89 (4/6/2021)

    The 2016 Pecorino is wonderfully fresh but also a bit withdrawn. Gingery spice, ripe yellow apples, hints of candied citrus and an enriching note of almond paste creates an alluring display. This is silky in texture, contrasted by nervous acidity which makes for a juicy experience, as ripe orchard fruits taper off to salty, savory mineral tones. It buzzes with residual tension throughout the finish, along with a hint of hazelnut.
  • Emidio Pepe 2016 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 92 (4/6/2021)

    The 2016 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne has a brilliant golden color in the glass, wafting up with a mix of musky dried apples and peaches, enriched by notes of ginger and cardamom. This is silky, almost oily in texture, balanced by zesty spiced citrus and brisk acids giving way to ripe orchard fruits. It tapers off clean and dry with a flourish of inner florals and hints of raw almond.
  • Emidio Pepe 2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 95 (4/6/2021)

    The 2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne takes a considerable amount of time to open up and unfurl from its youthful state. It’s earthy and quite animalistic at first, shaking off musky mineral tones to reveal depths of blackberry, crushed stone and exotic spice. This takes on a much more feminine and lifted feel on the palate, ushering in a pure and vivid display of black cherries contrasted by minty herbs. Tension builds with each passing sip, as the 2013’s zesty acids combine with youthful tannins to create a clenching sensation that lingers through its long and savory finish. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing this lean and well-muscled dancer for a lightweight; all it really needs is some time in the cellar to flesh out and reveal its charms.
  • Emidio Pepe 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 92 (4/6/2021)

    The 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne is smoky, meaty and packed full of dark fruit intensity. Notes of black currant, wild brush herbs, white pepper and tobacco can be found from start to finish. It’s soft upon entry and almost fragile in feel, with a tactile mix of nervous acidity and grippy young tannins that keep the expression achingly youthful. There are depths of tart woodland berries and savory spices fighting to surface from beneath the 2012’s hulking structure, yet only time will tell if they’ll ever succeed, as today, this is all elbows and knees.