Situated in northern Umbria, 350 metres above sea level near the picturesque village of Monte Petriolo, Tiberi is a fourth generation family winery. Spanning less than 4 hectares, Tiberi’s small plots celebrate native red and white grape varieties on soil that is mostly rocky schist and brushed by dry Mediterranean winds. The Tribulato is so-called to commemorate the first year the Tiberi family made this wine. That particular year, the grapes decided to reach perfect ripeness in the middle of a public holiday – with everyone off work and partying. In the end, friends, family, acquaintances and local residents rallied together to bring in the fruit and the Tribulato celebrates their hard work that day. Here’s to that crew of harvesters, who came together to help a small family business in need. This super refreshing bottle of bubbles is the one to reach for at the end of a hard day’s work.
Palate: Dry, Fruity, Green Apple, White Flower
Nose: Dried Fruit, Bread Crust, Honey, Spices
Pairings: Fresh Cheese, Salami, Pizza
This genre of sparkling wine, known as pétillant natural, or pét-nat, is made by a method so old that the French term for it is “methode ancestrale.” While classic champagne requires several years of ageing, pét-nats are released younger and often taste wilder and more open than champagne. Thanks to the bottle fermentation and natural yeasts, pét-nats display a range of exciting aromas.
Near Tuscany and right above Rome is the lesser-known and travelled region of Umbria. The region is surrounded by rolling green hills and medieval hilltop villages. Viticulture here dates back nearly 3000 years. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for varieties like Grechetto, Trebbiano, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, and Colorino. The whites are characterised by being crisp, dry and slightly nutty. On the other hand, the reds are full bodied and full of character.