Finding a winery without Montepulciano in the Abruzzo is about as likely as in South Dakota a household without firearms. The red all -rounder is omnipresent and with almost equally much probability the white Trebbiano roots next to him. Both also grow in the vineyards of Emidio Pepe, one of those rare figures that stubbornly and uncompromisingly go their own way and lay the basis for subsequent generations.
Geologically and, above all, the region is one of the most exciting in Italy. Between the Adriatic and the two impressive mountain massives of the Gran Sasso and the Majella are just 50 kilometers and this interplay of maritime and alpine influences is ideally understandable in the wines of the region.