Tiberio

Fonte Canale Trebbiano d’Abruzzo – 2021

Region: Italy - Abruzzo

Tiberio

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

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOP vineyard in Cugnoli.

  • Massal selection, propagated from original, indigenous grapes found on the property
  • Total Vineyard Area: 3700 acres/1500 ha
  • Altitude: 1150 feet/350 meters
  • Soils: Limestone, marly-clay over sandstone-rich bedrock
  • Vine Age: 94 years
  • Vine Training System: Canopy
  • Planting density: 2500 vines/Ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested end September
  • Free run juice, fermented using only native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Aged in tanks and bottles 18 months
  • No fining or filtration
Winemaker's Notes

Yellow straw color, highlighted with green.  A very mineral, brilliant wine with apricot, green apple, tangerine and lemon peel notes, with nuances anise and white flowers. Crystalline, precise and vibrant. A lemony laser beam of acidity penetrates the rich and tactile palate. Finishes long with flinty yet creamy texture and harmonious minerality.

Wine Summary

100% Trebbiano d’Abruzzese massal selection grapes, original to property; alcohol: 12.5%; 94 year old vines planted in limestone, marly-clay soils over sandstone-rich bedrock; fermented in stainless steel tanks using only native yeasts; no secondary fermentation; aged 18 months in tank and bottle; bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% massal selection Trebbiano Abruzzese
  • Alcohol: 12.5%

Reviews

18 Points

From 80-year-old vines. The name comes from a little stream that runs underneath the vineyard, which is trained on tendone. Aged for two years in bottle before release and will be bottled in autumn.
Intense straw yellow. A nose bursting with stony, minerally, chalky notes, cut Amalfi lemon and a white-pepper tingle. A big squeeze of lemony juice that electrifies the palate. Nothing less than spectacular.  2024 – 2036

JancisRobinson.com, June, 2023

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