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.
Abruzzo may be Italy’s least known but most exciting wine region; one reason for that is Cristiana Tiberio. Her wines have become wine list must-haves in the past few years, particularly her long-aging, single vineyard Fonte Canale Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. That wine is pricey, but her basic, citrus-scented 2019 Trebbiano ‘Abruzzo ($20) is also superb and a steal.
Delicate straw-green colour. Refined aromas and flavours of apple, pear and minty herbs are lifted by notes of white flowers. Long and lively on the minerally-accented finish, there’s sneaky concentration and lovely purity to this wine. Drinking window: now-2024
Delicate aromas of lemongrass and chamomile ride over a ripe peach core in this Trebbiano from an estate vineyard in Pescara. Light in feel, the palate is carried by spritely white orchard fruit flavors, with lingering accents of lemon pith and white plum skin.