Meet Emidio Pepe
Emidio was born into a winemaking family. His father and grandfather had been producing wine under the name Casa Pepe since 1889. So, it goes without saying that Emidio spent a lot of time in the cellar and in the vineyards from an early age. After years of experience with his family, he decided to start his own business and produce his own wines in 1964. Right from the start, Emidio strongly believed in the ripening potential of Trebbiano and Montepulciano. Many people had to see it to believe it, and they didn’t have much faith in it. Through his dedication to these local grape varieties, he has proved everybody wrong.
Emidio has now taken a step back. His daughters Sofia and Daniela have taken over and they are responsible for the daily affairs these days. The vineyards and production are supervised by Sofie, while Daniela is responsible for the company's back office. When you come to visit, you could also run into granddaughters Chiara and Elisa. A real family business!
The Perfect Conditions
Torano Nuovo is Emidio Pepe’s home base. The village is only 16 kilometers from the coast and the vineyards too are just a stone's throw from the Adriatic Sea. This is how the sea breeze provides cooling. The alternation of sufficient heat and cooling is one of the factors that contributes to the right balance between the sugars and the acids in the grapes.
The total vineyard area covers 14 hectares with only typical Italian grape varieties. Trebbiano d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano take the leading role, but a small amount of Pecorino is also planted. The vineyards are arranged with the age-old pergola system, and a few rows on the ground to get a natural balance. The foliage of the pergola protects the grapes on the ground and the rows give the soil room to breathe after it has rained a lot. Win-win, or rather wine-wine! The roots reach deep into the ground so they get sufficient nutrients and minerals from the soil. Even during dry periods, the roots manage to find water. From the very first harvest, natural working methods have been key. For example, chemicals have never been used to fight diseases and viruses. As we now know, Emidio has been working biodynamically all along, but this approach was not well-known at the time, and people were completely unaware of this concept.