June says: “There’s times in life where you meet someone and automatically fall in love with everything they do, and that just grows when you realise how special what they’re doing actually is. That’s Christina Tiberio; the beauty of who she is sparkles in her wines. She’s an incredibly kind person, with a quiet power in her wines. It’s rare to see such humility from a winemaker who has worked with some of the best of the best across multiple regions, and not use that as an immediate selling point.
I love super fresh salty whites, and often find that in Italian whites. There’s a richness of fruit, but still with a zing and zestiness to them. This just goes so well with a little bit of everything. There’s so much complexity, yet approachability, to the wine”
The story of Tiberio is somewhat of a modern venture, by Italian standards, when Riccardo Tiberio purchased vineyards in Abruzzo in 2000. His previous work had him as the export manager for another winery within Italy, which gave him invaluable insight into the demands of the modern world and how Abruzzo could showcase its unique character to the demands. His children, Christina and Antonio, have now taken over the domaine and continue the styles developed by their father, focussing upon structure and minerality.
Tiberio’s Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is more of a rarity as it utilises Trebbiano Abruzzese, a unique variety different to the commonplace Trebbiano Toscano, from almost 60-year-old vines. The wine sees no oak through its fermentation or ageing process, sitting only in stainless steel before bottling to retain a fruit purity and forwardness. The old vine nature adds complexity and depth to the wine, with a distinct minerality. Commonly, Trebbiano can be a lacklustre example, whereas Tiberio truly demonstrates the complexity that can be seen.
Tiberio is focused on revealing the very best Abruzzo has to offer, combining indigenous varieties and unique terroir with state of the art winemaking and technology, resulting in serious wines with noticeable concentration and depth.