Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo – 2019

Region: Italy - Abruzzo


The story of Azienda Agricola Tiberio rings more like a new world tale than one from the old world of the ancient lands beneath the Majella and Gran Sasso mountains in Abruzzo. At 350 meters, twenty three miles inland from the seaside city of Pescara near the hillside town of Cugnoli, Riccardo Tiberio found an old plot of Trebbiano Abruzzese vines roughly 50 years old so impressive that he decided to change his and his family’s destiny.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Tiberio is made from only the indigenous, massal selection Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes that were found on the property, carefully nurtured and propagated to preserve the traditional flavors of Cerasuolo

Fruit selected from one block of Montepulciano that is cooler than the remainder of the Montepulciano hectares

  • Total planted: 6 Ha
  • Altitude: 380 meters
  • Soils: limestone
  • Exposure: South
  • Vine training system: Guyot
  • Planting density: 4000 vines/Ha
  • Average vine age: 20 years
  •  Yield: 45 Hl
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested last week of September
  • Cold maceration with skins, no pressing
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • No malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

Fresh aromas and flavors of red cherry and small red berries. Lovely acid-fruit balance with a bright, crisp, clean, floral finish.

Pair with pizza, pasta, fish dishes with sauce, cheeses, meats.

Wine Summary

100% massal selection Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes; alcohol: 14%; limestone soils; altitude: 380 meters; South exposure; average vine age: 20 years; hand harvested last week of September; cold maceration with skins; no pressing; fermentation in stainless steel; no malolactic fermentation.

Technical Information
  • 100% massal selection Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes
  • Alcohol: 14%


92 Points

The 2019 Tiberio Cerasuolo is wonderfully fresh and perfumed, showing depths of smoky minerals on the nose, giving way to notes of ripe strawberry and wild flowers, with a hint of crushed limestone and chalk. On the palate, silky textural depths are offset by saline-minerality and brisk acids, as notes of cherry with a hint of orange citrus wash across the senses. The finish is long, with a twang of tart red berry and hints of wild herbs, almost salty, and begging me to take another sip. 2020 – 2024

Vinous, May, 2020

92 Points

#64 Top 100 Wines of 2020 – Wine Enthusiast


This richly hued pink wine starts off with a nose of freshly pressed cherries and blackberries—stems and all. While the fruit is intense and concentrated, there are earthy base notes of herbs and bramble that tie it all together. It’s full, yet fresh on the palate, showing amazing purity to the berry-fruit flavors. Slicks of crushed stone and herbs keep this lifted and energized. It’s an excellent offering from an estate winery located in the Pescara province of Abruzzo. Drink now–2021.


Wine Enthusiast, December, 2020

General Info

Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Appellation(s) Abruzzo
Proprietors Riccardo, Cristiana, Antonio Tiberio (father, daughter, son)
Founded 2000
Winemaker Cristiana Tiberio
Annual Production 8,300 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable