Emidio Pepe

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


Emidio Pepe 2019 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT Login AG 93 <1 Case
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Emidio Pepe 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC Login WA 90 AG 92 In Stock
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Emidio Pepe 2000 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Login WA 90 WS 97 <1 Case
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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.

Media Links
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 182: Chiara De Lulis Pepe
Issimoissimo.com: In Vino Vitae, the world of Emidio Pepe
Wine Terroirs: Emidio Pepe


  • 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 2000 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/1/2006)

    The 2000 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, from a much warmer vintage, is a big, powerful wine packed with dark fruit, earth and game notes. It doesn’t have the level of finesse and balance of the 2001 and its less lively color along with its evolving flavors suggest it will reach maturity sooner, although for this producer that is measured in relative terms. Anticipated maturity: after 2010.
  • Emidio Pepe 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (9/29/2015)

    Emidio Pepe's 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is a gorgeous wine at an ideal moment in its drinking window. The bouquet is dry and austere with dried flowers, candied fruit, apricot and loads of crushed mineral or flinty stone. It shows beautifully evolved and focused aromatic qualities that give this wine a clear sense of elegance and sophistication. It is dry, medium bodied in the mouth with lasting structure and backbone.

  • 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 2000 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 97 (5/1/2013)

    Rustic and well-structured, offering an attractive mix of mature spice box, leather and forest floor notes, with a concentrated core of wild cherry and gamy blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, featuring a long, chewy finish of coffee and iron. Non-blind Emidio Pepe vertical (May 2013). Best from 2015 through 2030.
  • Emidio Pepe 2017 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 94 (5/10/2022)

    Rich and complex confit lemons, white spices, generous salinity and plenty of white flowers accompanied by an almost balsamic character. Dry and elegant with plenty of citrus notes, the palate has hints of dried mushrooms and a stony minerality on the finish.
  • Emidio Pepe 2003 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 92 (10/20/2022)

    A smoky note of cracked ashen stone gives way to a cedar spice box full of dried berries, citrus peels, cloves, cinnamon and roses as the sweetly spiced bouquet of the 2003 Montepulciano d'Abruzo Vecchie Vigne bursts from the glass. There's an unexpected density and pliancy here, coming across as soft-natured and fully mature, with notes of ripe plum and tobacco settling upon the senses. The 2003 finishes with a pleasant grip, the result of residual acids more than tannin, while cherry pits and even sour melon notes slowly fade. While I don't see the 2003 maturing in a positive direction from here, there's so much pleasure to be found today, and there's no rush to finish the bottles in your cellar.
  • Emidio Pepe 2019 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT
    Rating: 93 (10/6/2022)

    There's a woodsy, herbal nature to the bouquet of the 2019 Pecorino that I find wildly attractive; musky dried apricots and hints of confectionery spice provide lovely contrast. Its soft textures soothe as a reverberation of tension mounts through a mix of zesty acids, green citrus and a twang of sour melon. The 2019 leaves a primary concentration upon the palate, a staining of lime and a caking of saline intensity, while finishing with persistence. This is the best vintage of Emidio Pepe's Pecorino that I've yet tasted. The vineyard was planted between 2006 and 2007 in white clay soils with a northern exposure. It took the family some time to fully understand the variety, how to farm it and shape it in the winery; yet the 2019 clearly shows that its potential has been realized.
  • Emidio Pepe 2017 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 94 (10/6/2022)

    A sweetly seductive mix of baked apples, peaches and candied lemon combines with hints of chamomile as the 2017 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne comes to life in the glass. This is a total pleasure on the palate: silky and round with ripe orchard fruits and a staining of minerality that evolves toward the close. It finishes spicy yet fresh with a reverberation of residual acids and hints of ginger under an air of minty herbs. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off of this warm vintage beauty.
  • Emidio Pepe 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
    Rating: 92 (10/6/2022)

    There's no telling the age of the 2007 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne from its color alone, boasting a vibrant golden hue. It bursts from the glass with a potent mix of lemon oils, pungent florals, rosemary and confectionery tangerine. For all of its aromatic intensity, it's incredibly savory on the palate, mineral and flinty in style, almost like liquid stone, yet has a core of vivid pear that balances the expression out perfectly. The 2007 tapers off a bit shorter than anticipated while leaving a saline tension that lingers long. This was a warm vintage; however, well-timed rains during July helped keep the fruit healthy and ripen at an even pace.
  • Emidio Pepe 2001 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (2/28/2008)

    This bottle of Emidio Pepe’s 2001 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is incredibly dark in color. It is a rich, concentrated wine bursting with black cherries, smoke, tar and underbrush. This is normally a more restrained wine, but this particular bottle was especially rich and dense. Pepe’s Montepulciano’s are legendary for their ability to age beautifully and I have no doubt that will be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031