Emidio Pepe is one of Abruzzo’s reference-point producers. Before anyone else, Emidio strongly believed in the ageing potential of Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Since founding the winery in 1964, he dedicated all his energies to those two indigenous grape varietals, proving their incredible potential and showing it to the world. Whilst Emidio still keeps an eye on everyday business, the winery is now run by the second and third generation of the Pepe family with sisters Daniela and Sofia having taken charge in 1997. More recently, the dynamic Chiara de Iulis Pepe has joined the estate!
Situated in the northernmost part of Abruzzo. the estate cultivates a little over 14 hectares of vines of Montepulciano, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and a little Pecorino. Since the very beginning, organic and artisanal methods have been carefully followed in both the vineyard and cellar.
Picking is exclusively done by hand to insure that only perfect grapes are selected. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is de-stemmed manually and the whites grapes are crushed by foot in a wooden vat. Only the juice goes to ferment in small concrete tanks, where spontaneous fermentation will start and last around 30-35 days. From concrete, the unfiltered wine will go straight into bottle to start their long bottle ageing. Before the release of any bottle of more than 10 years of age, will be re-opened and decanted by hand to sediment and to check the quality. When rebottled, the year of the decantation will be indicted on the new cork.
The resulting white wines are golden hued, balanced and complex, with hints of nuts, hay, and yellow fruit. The Montepulciano bears little relation to most other wines of this appellation; they are big, bold, and filled with the intense flavors of dried black cherries, licorice and wild herbs. These are some of the most age worthy and unique wines in Italy!
Elio Sandri - Cascina Disa
Few vignerons are as down to earth and as brilliant as Elio Sandri. Meeting him has been a seminal moment for us, not unlike meeting Emmanuel Reynaud of Chateau Rayas. Sandri and Reynaud are both people who shun the limelight, and want to be kept away from the world of money and fame so that they can focus entirely on the task at hand: producing the greatest wines possible. Elio Sandri therefore might well be the greatest Italian winemaker you have never heard of.
Located in Monforte d’Alba, Cascina Disa was set up in 1965, by Sandri’s father. Since 2000 Elio has been running the winery and started making wines that have their very own identity: They are extremely perfumed, elegant and yet have plenty of richness and joie de vivre just like Elio himself. He is someone who likes to play with different ageing vessels. In a hot vintage like 2015, he will partially use concrete vats to age the Baroli so as to give them more structure and freshness. In cooler vintages, he might place them longer in wooden botti. Thus, he is unique in Barolo, and somewhat reminds us of Henri Bonneau, who was an absolute master of long-term elevage. Sandri, however, pushes things even further still. He aged a part of his finest Barolo Riserva from the brilliant 2013 vintage entirely in concrete for close to seven years. The resulting wine is an unforgettable combination of purity and precision that we have hardly ever seen in any young Barolo.
This is just an example of the perfectionist approach that dictates everything Sandri does. Production here is tiny, as the estate produces no more than 10,000 bottles of wine a year, and we are extremely grateful to be able to be allocated a part of these for China.
Barolo Perno Vigna Disa Riserva
Barolo Perno Riserva
Barbera d’Alba Superiore
•Nervi is among the oldest and best-known Gattinara producers, founded in 1906 by Italo Nervi. The winery owns some of the most prized vineyard holdings, which include the crus of Molsino and Valferana (with historical records dating back to 1471 and 1231 respectively) as well as Garavoglie and Casacce
•The winery was purchased by Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno in 2018 and being a perfectionist, he immediately set about important improvement works in the vineyard, cellar and winemaking
•Roberto’s aim, along with his son, is to apply the same fastidious attention to detail and quality to the wines of Nervi as they do to those of the Giacomo Conterno estate, which will undoubtedly result in brilliant wines from this venerable estate!
Nervi Gattinara Vigna Molsino
Nervi Gattinara Vigna Valferana
•The Roagna estate has long roots in the commune of Barbaresco, having been created in the early 20th century by Vincenzo Roagna. Nowadays, the fifth generation, Luca Roagna，is running the property after his graduation from oenological school in 2001
•The family's 6.5 hectares of vineyards are in the heart of Barbaresco, mostly in the cru of Pajè. In 1989, the family’s long-held aspirations of owning top level crus in Barolo came true when they purchased a parcel historically known as La Rocche e La Pira. Nowadays, the family farms some of the most famous crus of Barbaresco and with the monopole of Pira also Barolo, making it one of the most impressive set of vineyard holdings in the region
•The Roagna style of wines has been carefully passed down through the generations, with a very traditional and classical approach. All cru bottlings are from vines aged 25-50 years, the old vine cuvees from vines older than 50 years and the very rare Crichet Paje from vines over 80 years old. A pioneer in terms of vineyard work, Luca focuses on producing wines that are incredibly deep and concentrated, but at the same time pure, transparent and complex making them some of the greatest made in Piemonte today
Barbaresco Crichët Pajé
Barolo Pira Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Pajè Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Montefico Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Asili Vecchie Viti
Barolo Pira Riserva
Barbaresco Pajè Riserva