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

2 vineyard plots in Cugnoli (PE).

  • Total planted area: 15 ha
  • Altitude: 350 meters
  • Soils: Clay-calcareous
  • Vine Training Systems: Canopy/Guyot
  • Planting Density: 2500 vines/ha & 4000 vines/ha
  • Average Vine Age: 62 years & 21 years
  • Yield: 45 Hl / 50 Hl
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in October
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • Aged in tank and bottle 3 months before release
Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant ruby red color with violet highlights. Intense rich aromas and flavors, refined and elegant, with hints of sour redcherry, blueberry, violet, blood orange and flint. Vibrant tannins, full-bodied and long, fresh finish.

Pair with tomato and/or meat pasta dishes, poultry and wildfowl, red meats, venison, cheese.

Wine Summary

100% massal selection Montepulciano; alcohol: 14.5%; grown in 2 plots at 350 meters altitude; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel using only indigenous yeasts for 12 days; malolactic fermentation in tanks; aged 3 months in stainless steel tanks and bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% massal selection Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%


93 Points

VINOUS FAVORITE September 2022

The dreamy 2020 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo seduces with a classic bouquet of crushed rocks, violets, lavender, hints of blood orange and nuanced strawberry fruits. It envelopes the palate with textural, ripe wild berries that give way to a caking of minerality that creates a crunchy feel toward the close. Elegant to the very end, the 2020 finishes lightly structured with concentration, yet also dazzling floral perfumes that linger impossibly long. This is simply stunning and a perfectly complete Montepulciano.

Vinous, September, 2022

17.5 Points

Impenetrable crimson. Pure blackberry fruit on the nose with a subtle layer of liquorice powder and bags of minerals. With aeration, notes of wild strawberry emerge. Gorgeous lift of blackberry fruit on the palate and firm but finely ground tannins that go on and on. Very long and gripping finale. 2022 – 2032

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