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October 2006


WINE & SPIRITS

Old-School Italian

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Winemaker Sofia held court and brought the news that the winery has taken a step beyond organic and will be the first biodynamic DOCG in Abruzzo with its first wine, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003, to be released in early 2007.

Biodynamic growing is far stricter than organic with attention paid to bringing vines in sync with planetary movements and lunar cycles. Pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers are strictly off limits. The almost religious fervor of biodynamic viticultural practices springs from the 1920s writings of Austrian scientist-cum-spiritualist Rudolf Steiner. The biodynamic movement seeks to make wine that's true to its terroir (the soil, sun and climate that combine to give a wine its unique sense of place). The credo is: With minimal manipulation, wines emerge that are so distinct they seem to have their own life force. Well, this biodynamic certification was not much of a stretch for Emidio Pepe winery. Their wines have been kicking with life force since 1899.

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