EMIDIO PEPE is a winery in the township (‘commune’) of…It was founded in 1899, and has since passed to son, grandson, great-granddaughters, and now great-granddaughter Chiara. See also Sefania Pepe.
BACKGROUND | 1899 Emidio Pepe was already famous for his wines. | 1944 Emidio passed the property to his son Guiseppe. | 1964 Giuseppe passed it to Emidio Pepe (the second, who was born 27 July 1930) in 1964. 1998 Although Emidio (with his wife Chiara) passed the estate to daughters Sofia, Daniela and Stefania (4th generation). Stefania subsequently decided to leave and create her own label. Sofia’s daughter is called Chiara and I did a podcast with her.
ORGANICS | 1996 Organics begins. 2005 Still certified organic. | 2007 Certified Biodynamic by Demeter Italia. | 2012 Certified organic by IMC. Certified Biodynamic by Agriobio Piemonte (valid in Italy, apparently).
BIODYNAMICS | 2019 Member of Renaissance des Appellations.
ABRUZZO, PECORINO | 2010 Debut vintage. Made using skin contact.
TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO | Trebbiano d’Abruzzeze. 1997 Foot trodden. | 2006 MLF. No sulfur. Some coffee and diacetyl, but interesting at Return to Terroir, Melbourne 15th March 2011. | 2008 Foot trodden, fermented with no skins in concrete vats and bottled unfiltered. Interesting and rich at Return to Terroir, Melbourne 15th March 2011.
MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC | 2000 A very hot year. Some fizz and VA and coffee, bricky, maybe also some brett at Return to Terroir, Melbourne 15th March 2011. | 2001 Nice fruit and depth, fresher than 2000, like old claret at Return to Terroir, Melbourne 15th March 2011. | 2003 Very Rhône-like, lovely bright deep colour, intense, some VA and chocolate, very old fashioned at Return to Terroir, Melbourne 15th March 2011.
Az Ag Emidio Pepe, via Chiesi, 10 – I-64010 Torano Nuovo (TE = Teramo), Italy | Tel +39 0861.856493 | www.emidiopepe.com
Isabelle Legeron MW, Natural Wine, An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines grown naturally (2014, Cico Books, London & New York), p153.