Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOP – 2018

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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Trebbiano Abruzzese massal selection 60 years old Mainly limestone with gravel-sandy subsoil 2.5

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Size of vineyard: 2.5 Ha
  • Soil composition: Limestone with gravel-sandy subsoil
  • Training system: Canopy
  • Elevation: 350 meters
  • Planting density: 2,500 vines/Ha
  • Vineyard age: 60 years
Harvest Notes

100% Trebbiano Abruzzese grape, coming from massal selection vines. This wine is one of the rare and pure expressions of the historical and original Trebbiano Abruzzese authentic clone.

  • Hand harvested at end of September
  • Free run juice only
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks, no malolactic fermentation
  • Aged in bottle
Winemaker's Notes

Transparent, brilliant light yellow color with green tinges. Fresh aromas of apricot, grapefruit, jasmine and orange blossom, anise. Crisp and clean, with zippy aromas and flavors of green apple, anise and almond. Pairs well with freshwater fish and seafood, vegetable appetizers, fried foods and eggs.

Wine Summary

100% Trebbiano Abruzzese massal selection; Alcohol: 13%; soils are mainly limestone with sandy gravel subsoil; vine age: 60 years; fermented in stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation; aged in bottle.

Technical Information
  •  100% Trebbiano Abruzzese massal selection grapes
  • Alcohol: 13%


Italian whites made with the trebbiano grape are often straightforward and dull. But the relatively rare trebbiano Abruzzese grape is different from the others and much more interesting, especially in the hands of a producer like Tiberio, which has carefully and conscientiously nurtured old trebbiano Abruzzese vines and planted new ones. This wine shows it has been worth the trouble: dry, aromatic, richly textured and lively, with floral, saline flavors. And if you like this wine, see if you can find the winery’s single-vineyard Fonte Canale. (The Sorting Table, Napa, Calif.)

New York Times, September, 2019

91 Points

Luminous straw-green. Perfumed pomaceous orchard fruits, minerals, lemon verbena and a hint of anise on the nose. Then very pretty, nuanced flavors of lemon ice and flinty minerality showcase intense inner-mouth perfume. A wine of impeccable balance, and very persistent and fragrant on the pure finish. Extremely strong for an entry-level Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. The Tiberio family has an uncanny ability to make outstanding Trebbiano d’Abruzzo every year, no doubt thanks to their individual talents, but also because of some marvelously old vines (as much as 60-80 years of age) that can weather and adapt to just about every growing season’s climatic conditions. Such is the magic of old vines. 2019 – 2023

Vinous - Ian D'Agata, September, 2019

92 Points

The 2018 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wafts up from the glass with a fresh display of ripe apricot, young mango and a spritz of lime, as yellow florals develop. It splashes across the palate, fleshing out with salty minerals, tart green apple and cheek-puckering acids tugging at the cheeks. The finish is long, tongue-curling and bristling with energy, as orchard fruits and hints of savory spice gradually fade. Cristiana Tiberio is very proud of her 2018s, and I can see why, as this Trebbiano is drinking like a baby white Burgundy.  2021 – 2026

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