Colle Vota Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – 2020

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.

Over a decade ago, Cristiana and Antonio, daughter and son of Riccardo, took over reins of Tiberio. Cristiana, a chemistry specialist who also teaches college sommelier and enology classes, handles winemaking and is the global brand ambassador. Antonio leads grapegrowing and viticulture. The dynamic team have established Tiberio, and Abruzzo, in the forefront of leading-edge wine making and renown in this central part of Italy.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Colle Vota a single vineyard Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP wine. The Montepulciano from the Colle Vota vineyard has different characteristics that separate it neatly from all the other Montepulciano we grow at Tiberio. The bunches and berries are much smaller, with crunchier and thicker skins. Colle Vota Montepulciano also takes longer to mature, and this vineyard’s specific microclimate provides a longer hang time, producing a truly unique Montepulciano wine.

Colle Vota vineyard tends to perform amazingly well in especially cooler, even rainy vintages. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine made from Colle Vota grapes are uniquely refined and light on its feet, combining elements reminiscent of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and Piedmont’s Nebbiolo, while maintaining a Montepulciano backbone and soul. For this reason, we decided to bottle this wine on its own as it is a unique expression not just of place, but of what the Montepulciano variety can deliver. Planted in 2000 using massal selections from the oldest Montepulciano vineyard on the property. Original Montepulciano clone adapted to its specific, new environment made up of different soils, subsoils and microclimate, leading to the development of a new Montepulciano byotipe that expresses itself with a very distinct, more perfumed and refined wine.

  • Altitude: 1150 feet/350 meters
  • Vineyard Area: 4 acres/1.6 ha
  • Soil: Limestone, marly-clay over a sandstone-rich bedrock
  • Vines Planted: 2000
  • Vine Training method: Single Guyot
  • Planting Density: 4,000/ha
  • Yield: 33 Hl
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested end of October
  • Fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel tanks for 20 days
  • Malolactic fermentation in tank
  • Aged in tanks
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered
  • Aged in bottle before release
Winemaker's Notes

Very complex wine. Intense, expressive flavours of yellow peach, sage, cedar and cinnamon, marzipan, spices and soil. A deep. long, creamy, mouthfilling texture with refined, silky tannins and a saline character. Finishes with intense energy.

Wine Summary

100% massal selections of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo transplanted to a higher single vineyard, resulting in a specific biotype uniquely adapted to its microclimate; vines 24 years old; limestone, marly clay over sandstone bedrock soils, uniquely suited to cooler, wetter conditions; 14.5% alcohol; hand harvested late October; fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and aging in tank; bottled unfined and unfiltered; aged in bottle before release.

Technical Information
  • 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo massale selection
  • Alcohol: 14,5%
  • Total Acidity: 4.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.40
  • Residual Sugar: 0.50 g/l
  • Extract: 31.02

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