Cataldi Madonna

Cataldi Madonna produces some of Italy’s greatest white wines of today and is regarded by wine experts as not only one of the top wineries in Abruzzo, but in Italy as well. Second generation winemaker, Luigi, followed in his father’s footsteps and brought the estate, which was originally founded in 1920, to stardom. In 1968, the estate underwent massive modernization efforts with vineyards being replanted, building renovations, and new technical equipment installations.


The winery is situated in Ofena, a small town in Italy’s Abruzzo region, at an altitude of over 300 metres above sea level. Situated at the foothills of the only Appenine glacier on Calderone in the Gran Sasso mountain range, Ofena is located in an area known as “the oven of Abruzzo”. Thanks to the extraordinary solar exposure, high temperature variations, and soil characteristics the area is particularly suited for viticulture.


The vineyards presently comprise of more than 65 hectares, seven of which date back to the 1968 plantings. With a keen desire to preserve and develop the specific regional characteristics, Luigi focuses on producing top-quality wines from native grape varieties. In 2003, Luigi brought on Lorenzo Landi as a consultant to agronomist and winemaker, Raffaele Orlandini, to showcase the Alto Tirino native varietals: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and Pecorino. With their combined knowledge they have helped Cataldi Madonna become a top producer of these varietals, especially Pecorino.

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"The 2020 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Malandrino gets an official “wow” from the first tilt of the glass as violets and lavender give way to crushed blackberries, blueberries and hints of sweet spice. This is elegance personified, with a juicy core of acidity that enlivens its near-velvety textures and wild berry fruits. It finishes lightly structured, concentrated and long yet perfumed, making the 2020 a pleasure today, but also capable of medium-term cellaring. This is another outstanding vintage of Montepulciano Malandrino which, for all of its depth, has been refined completely in stainless steel tank since the 2012 vintage." 93 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (October 2022)