Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – 2017

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 56 years average Clay- calcareous 15 Ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo native grape, coming from old vines 56 years old, 100% Massal selection.
  • Soil composition: Clay-calcareous
  • Training method: Canopy/Guyot
  • Altitude:  350 meters a.s.l.
  • Vines/acre: 2500/4000
  • Yield/acre: 45 Hl
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest time: Hand harvested in October
  • Alcoholic Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks for 20 days with indigenous yeasts
  • Malolactic Fermentation:  Stainless steel tanks
  • 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 – 56 years average.
  • 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

Vibrant red. Captivating aromas of red currant, dark plum, blueberry, licorice and Oriental spices. Broad and ripe on entry, then luscious in the middle, finishing with a riper mouthfeel than is usual for this wine, but in keeping with the 2017 vintage (dry and hot). Finishes long, with serious, building tannins and noteworthy sweetness. This is a real miracle considering the vintage’s less-than-stellar growing season; timely rainfall at the end of September provided much-needed liquid refreshment for the Montepulciano, allowing the vines to recover from the summer drought and heat and benefit from longer hang times. On a side note, wine lovers have something else to look forward to, as the 2018 vats of Montepulciano I tried during my cellar visit were absolutely superb; they are undoubtedly the best entry-level Montepulciano wines Tiberio has ever made, so there’s something to really look forward to here.  2019 – 2025

Vinous - Ian D'Agata, September, 2019

Tiberio has become one of my favorite producers in the Abruzzo region of southeastern Italy. The whites are superb, and so is this bright, vibrant entry-level red, with earthy minerality, a touch of welcome bitterness and a light tannic grip. (The Sorting Table, Napa, Calif.)

New York Times, January, 2020

91 Points

Crushed black cherries, blueberry skins, sage, stone dust and hints of animal musk all come together to form a deeply satisfying bouquet in the 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It’s soft, round and textural, giving way to a twang of tart wild berries complemented by saline-minerals and firmed up with grippy tannins. This goes on and on. Structured, yet still packed with spicy primary fruits, all while remaining fresh. The 2017 shows the warmth of the vintage with class.  2021 – 2028

Vinous, April, 2021

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