Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – 2016

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.

Grapes / Soils


Montepulciano massal selection 55 years average in 2018 Clay- calcareous 15 Ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo native grape, coming from old vines 55 years old, 100% Massal selection.
  • Soil composition: Clay-calcareous
  • Training method: Canopy/Guyot
  • Elevation: 1200 feet
  • Vines/acre: 2500/4000
  • Yield/acre: 3.2 tons
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest time: Hand harvested in October
  • Fermentation container: Stainless steel
  • Aging container: Stainless steel tanks and bottle
  • Length of bottle aging: 3 months
Winemaker's Notes
  • Brilliant ruby red with violet tinges.
  • Intense aromas and flavors, refined and elegant, with hints of sour red cherry, blueberry, violet and flint.
  • Smooth tannins, full-bodied and long fresh finish.
  • Food pairings – tomato and/or meat pasta dishes, poultry and wildfowl, red meats, venison and cheese.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Montepulciano massal selection grapes.
  • Vine age – 55 years average in 2018.
  • Grown on soils of clay- calcareous.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in stainless steel and the bottle.
  • Aged for 3 months
Technical Information
  • Varietal composition: 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Alcohol: 14.0%


92 Points

Good bright red. Vibrant aromas of red cherry, raspberry, licorice and minerals, complicated by delicate hints of spices (coriander, cumin, tarragon). Then very silky on the palate, but displaying outstanding lift and intensity to the flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, flowers and tar. Very suave but juicy and fresh Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine with none of the heaviness that often drags down wines of this variety. The finish is suave and bracing and shows a delightful light touch.

Vinous, September, 2018

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