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
|Pecorino Colline Pecaresi IGP||Pecorino massal selection||19 years average||Limestone with a marly-gravel subsoil||7.41 acres / 3 ha|
Pecorino is an ancient variety that has always called the mountainous Appennine ridges of the Marche and Abruzzo its home. A low yielding variety due to sterility of the basal buds, over the centuries farmers shied away from it preferring instead to plant easier to grow, more productive varieties. Therefore Pecorino was all but forgotten, and nearly extinct by the 1970s. Times change and today high yields are less important than they once were: modern day wine lovers now clamor for high quality grape varieties. Capable of giving distinctive wines, and Pecorino fills that bill nicely.
The grape is characterized by essentially round leaves and small round very thick skinned berries. The wine is rich in glycerol but also endowed with high total acidity, thereby offering a unique combination of texture and vibrancy. In fact, Pecorino wines have become so popular that much Pecorino has been planted recently, however the grape variety always performs best in hilly vineyard sites rather than flatland areas, which are not its natural habitat.
- Category: Pecorino IGP
- Locality of production: Cugnoli (PE)
- Total area under vine: 3 Ha / 7.41 acres
- Altitude: 350 meters
- Soil composition: Limestone with marly-gravel subsoil
- Average vine age: 19 years
- Vine training system: Guyot
- Density: 4000 vines/Ha
- Yield: 55 Hl
- Harvested in September
- Free run juice only
- Fermented in stainless steel tanks, no malolactic fermentation
- Aged in bottle
Deep straw yellow color. Intense aromas and flavors of sage, rosemary, green fig, peach, yellow melon. Full bodied and with a lingering minerality.
Serve with seafood, pasta, legumes, white meats and cheese.
100% massal selection Pecorino grapes; alcohol: 14%; soils have limestone base with marly-gravel subsoil; vine age: average 19 years; fermented in stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation; aged in bottle.
- 100% massal selection Pecorino grapes
- Alcohol: 14%
The 2019 Pecorino is a more elegant and savory expression of the variety, wafting up notes of green melon, geranium, hints of citrus and spring flowers. It’s silky upon entry, contrasted by bright acidity and tart orchard fruits, yet also with a cooling hint of fresh mint. This tapers off crunchy and nervous in feel, with cheek-puckering freshness and salty minerality. Enjoy the 2019 today for its pretty personality or through short-term cellaring. I must admit to finding its fragile personality quite appealing, and it’s such a contrast to most of the Pecorino coming out of the region today. 2021 – 2026
Medium-dark straw yellow. Sage, chamomile, rosemary and white peach dominate the nose. Then similar flavours in the mouth, with complicating hints of tangerine and orange cordial adding body. Closes long and fruity, but with a multilayered quality. This very successful wine smells and tastes like what an ideal mixture of Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc might taste like and is a real crowd pleaser. Drinking window: now-2026
|Proprietors||Riccardo, Cristiana, Antonio Tiberio (father, daughter, son)|
|Annual Production||8,300 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable|