abruzzo

Between the Sea and the Mountains
This area of Italy was already inhabited in pre-Roman times by the pre-Indo-European cultureof the Piceni and subsequently by various Italic tribes.
Known in ancient times as Samnium, the name was changed in the Middle Ages to Aprutium.

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In the 12th century the emperor Frederick the 1st named the region Listitieratu Aprutii and made itpart of the Kingdom of Southern Italy, a political entity that despite many difficulties, maintained its ownidentity until 1860. L’Aquila, the current regional capital, was probably foundedin 1254 to sustain an anti-imperial uprising in the western part of the region.
Abruzzo produces just two DOCG and two DOC wines that, though they carry brand names, usedto be little known abroad and misjudged as cheap, generic, supermarket varieties. This is changingthough, as of much of southern Italy the region is undergoing a gradual transition from bulk-wineproduction to boutique, bottled quality wines production. In other words, a transition from a strictlyindustrial wine culture to one in which a limited and cared-for production that can bring commercialsuccess and prosperity to the local residents.
Though the situation is changing, there is still a tendency among wine critics, including Italian ones, to look down on the wines produced in the mezzogiorno, or southern Italy. What is missing in this blanket evaluation of Abruzzo wines is the fact that many better-regarded French and northern Italian wines contain, in various measures, wine from this region, since much of the production is still shipped acrossnorth for blending purposes.
The four total DOC produced in Abruzzo are the Contro Guerra, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane. 

 

 

 

 

Caldora is a young partneship between visionary Valentino Sciotti, renown winemaker Mario Ercolino and one of the largest wineries in the Abruzzo region. Total holdings consist of around 1200ha but only the best 200ha are selected, vinified and bottled under the Caldora name.
The majority of these plantings are located within the Ortona area in a microclimate that runs through a 25km band between the Adriatic coast and the 3000m tall Mt. Maiella. 
The first bottling, with an up-to-date winery facility coupled with an avante-garde vineyard manangement system, captured the essence of Caldora: maximum fruit expression in a top quality, reasonably priced wine that everyone can enjoy.

Caldora, I.G.T. Terre di Chieti, Pinot Grigio

white wine
2009
750ml

Price: $0.00

Caldora, I.G.T. Terre di Chieti, Chardonnay

white wine
2009
750ml

Price: $0.00

Caldora, D.O.C. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

white wine
2010
750ml

Price: $0.00

Caldora, I.G.T. Ortonese Rosso, Sangiovese/Merlot

red wine
2009
750ml

Price: $0.00

Caldora, D.O.C. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

red wine
2009
750ml

Price: $0.00

 

At the end of 1800 Nicola Illuminati began to grow his vineyards in Abruzzo, founding the company “Fattoria Nico’”. Currently the management is entrusted by Dino Illuminati and his sons, who brought the property to 85 acres for a total production of about 1,100,000 bottles.
They represent one of the landmarks of the top quality vineyards in Abruzzo, in particular, regarding the production of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo