(ASCOLI PICENO)Cantina Cataldi Madonna produces excellent wines inspired by the Abruzzo winemaking tradition. Among the wines of great interest are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Tonì’, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo ‘Piè delle Vigne’ and Pecorino ‘Supergiulia’..
The Story of Cataldi Madonna
The Cataldi Madonna winery is located in Ofena, in the heart of a natural amphitheater called “Forno d’Abruzzo” on the slopes of Gran Sasso, in Abruzzo.
Here your gaze makes room between gentle hills protected on the horizon by the presence of the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga, which caress the vineyards with their mountain breezes.
As is well known, the most beautiful places are often also the most suitable for the production of wines. And it is in fact here that Cataldi Madonna was born in 1920.
Later, first in 1968 Antonio Cataldi, and then his son Luigi renew the company with the ambition of creating wines with a great territorial identity but with a modern look.
Today Cataldi Madonna is an institution among the excellence in Abruzzo, to which we owe the ability to have wisely renewed the tradition and winemaking potential of Abruzzo.
This success is also testified by the countless prestigious international awards obtained by the wines of Cataldi Madonna over the years.
The Terroir of the wines of Cataldi Madonna
Cataldi Madonna boasts over 31 hectares of vineyards on the area of Forno d’Abruzzo.
Among the cultivated varieties there are almost exclusively traditional native Abruzzo vines such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and a little international touch testified by Cabernet Sauvignon.
The climate here is Mediterranean favored by the mountain breezes that caress the vines in the summer months. The ideal altitudes, on the other hand, favor good nocturnal temperature excursions which are essential for the olfactory finesse of the wines and the acidity that gives the wines great freshness.
The soils, where the Cataldi Madonna wines are produced, are of alkaline-clayey matrix, rich in stone. Variable exposures and altitudes ranging around 380 meters above sea level.
These pedoclimatic characteristics of the Cataldi Madonna vineyards are extremely favorable for an excellent ripening of the grapes and for the production of wines with great structure, strength and character, especially for indigenous varieties such as the indigenous Abruzzo ones.
And the traditional vines are the protagonists of the production of Cataldi Madonna, which in the hills of Forno d’Abruzzo find an ideal habitat, giving life to rich, intense wines with great olfactory expressiveness that particularly enhance the sapid mineral tones, the aromas deep.
On the palate, on the other hand, the wines of Cataldi Madonna are extremely elegant and often reveal a great extract but also a sensational freshness, favored by the limestone component but also by the intrinsic characteristics of the Abruzzo vines.
The Philosophy of Cataldi Madonna wines
The link with the territory is certainly an essential element in the production of Cataldi Madonna wines but the traditional, as well as has been learned in Abruzzo, to be effective cannot ignore the dialectic with the present.
It is for this reason that Cataldi Madonna has undertaken major investments in the best cutting-edge technologies and has been officially certified organic since 2016.
In addition, thanks to the contribution of the consultant Lorenzo Landi, the company has introduced hyper-reduction winemaking.
This particular French-inspired technique allows to ensure further protection against oxidation and to obtain wines of extraordinary clarity and olfactory elegance: more aromatic, intact and eloquent.
These choices allow Cataldi Madonna to obtain territorial wines but also of great consistency and precision in full respect of biodiversity and environmental sustainability
The Wines of Cataldi Madonna
The production of Cataldi Madonna wines is vast and reflects the tradition of Abruzzo wines, enriched by some new elements. The wines of Cataldi Madonna are mainly included in the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, but also in the IGT Terre Acquilane.
Particularly interesting among the wines of Cataldi Madonna are those from the selection of ‘Vigneti’ crus, with the sensational Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Tonì’ representing the flagship of the production made from the most suitable vineyards of the company.
It is a wine of rare elegance among the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: characterized by perfumes of impeccable precision and clarity that maximize the varietal character of the grape and which fascinates on the palate with tannins of unusual silkiness.
Also of great interest is the excellent rosé wine Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo ‘Piè delle Vigne’, a wine of great flavor that spreads penetrating sensations of red fruits and floral “nuances” embellished with hints of salt, fully among the best rosé wines in Italy.
Among the selections, the ‘Supergiulia’ stands out, a white wine based on Pecorino with a sensational structure and enveloping, which outlines seductive citrus notes on the nose, and tropical fruits flanked by reminiscences of Mediterranean scrub.
Among the other Cataldi Madonna wines there is the Cataldino, a wine vinified in white but with a very delicate powder pink color, obtained from the draining and the first pressing, very captivating and immediate, ideal for aperitifs and fish-based first courses.
The production of Cataldi Madonna wines ends with the four wines of the ‘fundamental’ line, the entry levels of production. Among these are gastronomic wines inspired by the Abruzzo winemaking tradition with excellent freshness, cleanliness and aromatic clarity.
Among these are the ‘Malandrino’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with its penetrating aromas of red fruits, the ‘Malandrino’ Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, fresh, lively and engaging, the ‘Malandrino’ Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, savory and intense, and the ‘Giulia’ Pecorino, a vibrant wine with a good acidity of backbone, but the production of Cataldi Madonna is all about discovering, and makes the most of the territorial expressiveness of this region with a modern look.
All wines of great character, which combine great olfactory finesse, flavor and richness on the palate. Once again, the great expressive potential of the Abruzzo terroir is evidence.