Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015
A Wine That
changed the game of Italian fine wine forever — due to one brave man determined to give organic farming and the grape variety he loves a shot at the metaphorical big screen. And guess what? If we're talking movie terms, his Montepulciano has won multiple Oscars..
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- Winemaker: Emidio Pepe
Where and How?
The original 1.5 hectares that were passed down through the family, surrounding the house, are planted to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, the indigenous variety of the region. Emidio himself replanted the vineyard in 1974 via massal selection, from cuttings that he got from a cousin.
The grapes are hand destemmed into buckets, and from there poured into cement tanks where gravity breaks the skins. Maceration lasts between seven and nine days, and the cap is broken very gently once a day, but only if necessary: this is the "infusion style" of red winemaking. There is just one press, and the wine is aged between 18 months to 24 months in the glass lined concrete tanks. Racking is avoided completely if possible before bottling.
The Winemaker: Emidio Pepe
He is a true Italian gentleman, dressed in his tweed suit and cap for dinner. His eyes crinkle with pride when he sees us enjoying his wines. For him, and for his family, it is the simplicity of the translation from nature to bottle - with the addition of time - that creates greatness. In a region that was not well-known for its fine wines in the 60s and 70s, it is thanks to Emidio's tireless work ethic that the world is able to explore the true potential of the indigenous varieties, Montepulciano, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo and Pecorino. This drive has been passed down through two generations, which we see mirrored in his granddaughter's eyes.