The vineyards to produce the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Caldora are situated around the towns of Ortona, San Salvo and Pollutri on the Adriatic coast of the Abruzzo region. Facing south east, the vines are planted on a mix of clay and limestone soils and are trained on both Guyot and Pergola systems. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, they are gently crushed and destemmed. The grapes macerate at cold temperature for four days. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 24-26°C for 8-10 days.
Born from the co-op, Cantina Sociale di Ortona, Caldora is based in the province of Chieti in Italy’s Abruzzo region. This is a historic cooperative with over 1500 hectares of cultivated land and around 700 farmers. Striving to reduce their yield per hectare, Caldora was created as the cooperative’s ‘Progetto Qualità’ (Quality Project). The vineyards chosen for the project were selected from a variety of the highest-quality of Co-ops’ terriors. The continued rigorous quality checks ensure that approximately 200 hectares of high quality fruit contribute to making of Caldora’s delicious wines. Caldora winery is located in the coastal town of Ortona. They are reaping the benefits of modern winemaking technology; its new bottling system ensures both quality control over the products and packaging and also facilitates efficient handling and rapid dispatching of orders. Their wine is being sold successfully in almost 30 countries, and Caldora has already received praise from specialised wine publications and noteworthy acknowledgments in major wine competitions. Caldora’s most esteemed wine is the ‘Yume’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This is a particularly interesting red wine, obtained from very old vines which belong to the ‘Soggiorno Proposta’ association that helps youngsters recover from drug addiction. The word ‘Yume’ comes from the Japanese word ‘dream’ and reflects this concept of helping young people suffering from drug dependency in order that they may recover and once more follow their dreams and ambitions. The determination of Caldora members to make a social contribution rather than work solely for financial purposes, constitutes an incomparable virtue of the vineyards.