A Wine That
is all about discovering potential; potential of a place, of a style, of a region. Emidio Pepe is rewriting the script of this variety; this is the most delightful Pecorino we know.
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- Winemaker: Emidio Pepe
Where and How?
Having done so much to herald the variety of Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, the Pepe family decided to turn their hand to safeguarding and shining a spotlight on Pecorino, too. So, they planted a vineyard to the variety in 2006.
The wine is made exactly like the Trebbiano - foot crushed slowly and meticulously before fermenting naturally and ageing in glass lined cement tanks.
The Winemaker: Emidio Pepe
Emidio Pepe is a grower and winemaker whose work has proved that the wines of Abruzzo are capable of being some of the finest wines not just in Italy, but in the world. Listening to him speak in the lilting Italian Abruzzese dialect is a little like listening to the foreign language Oscars acceptance speeches; we might have no idea what he’s saying until his granddaughter Chiara translates for us; but even without knowing, we feel the emotion of his words reverberate through us as he speaks.
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.