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The Caldora winery was born with quality in mind, as the ‘Progetto Qualita’ (quality project) of the cooperative Cantina Sociale di Ortona. Based in the Chieti province of Abruzzo, the larger cooperative has been working for many years, producing wines from over 1500 hectares of land cultivated by around 700 farmers. Continually striving to reduce their yield per hectare, thereby increasing the quality and concentration of each grape that enters the winery, the Progetto was established in 1999 to celebrate approximately 200 hectares of vineyard area, selected from a variety of the highest-quality terroirs, which provided fruit that consistently passes the most rigorous of quality checks.

The winery sits in the coastal town of Ortona, characterised by an attitude that welcomes modernity within the winemaking process. Its state-of-the-art technology ensures both the utmost quality control and efficiencies that have secured Caldora’s wines spaces on shelves in over 30 countries – with no sacrifice to excellence. It’s no surprise their wines have attracted praise from specialised wine publications and noteworthy acknowledgements in major wine competitions.

Based in Abruzzo, the Caldora winery provides a fabulous example of the regional Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a Caldora Trebbiano that vivaciously spills stone fruits and orange blossom with a persistence you’d hope for from the calf of Italy. Their Caldora Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Yume’, is as red as its philosophy is captivating. Intense and persistent, with spicy aromas, copious fruit and hints of chocolate, the Montepulciano grapes are harvested from very old vines belonging to the ‘Soggiorno Proposta’ association, an organisation supporting young people in their recovery from drug addiction. Named after the Japanese word for ‘dream’, it’s a wine with dreams that stretch beyond flavour (although it has this in spades), it’s a wine created from an ambition for social contribution, a virtue that reflects the foundations of the Caldora winery as a whole.

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