Cantele rosé on the beach (Salento) Sunday July 22

At Sunset on Sunday, July 22, Cantele will be pouring its wines at Tayga Beach, an open-to-the-public beach club located on the west coast of Salento.

The featured wine will be the winery’s top rosé: Rohesia. And one of the clubs top DJs will be spinning.

All are welcome to join! Happy summer, everyone!

Rohesia Sunset
Sunday, July 22
6:00 p.m.

Tayga Beach
74020 Maruggio TA
+39 099 971 4912
Google map

Thank you Wine Folly for the rec! And congrats on the new book!

We were so stoked to learn that the epic wine knowledge portal Wine Folly had recommended our Salice Salentino as an affordable and classic example of Negroamaro. Thank you, Wine Folly!

Check out the site’s post “Best Italian Red Wines for Beginners” here.

And congrats, Wine Folly editors, on the launch of your new, updated, and expanded new book, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition, the Master Guide.

You may not realize how popular your blog and book are in Italy. We couldn’t be more proud to appear on the site. Grazie!

You can pre-order Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack by clicking here.

Cooking classes in Cantele’s iSensi tasting kitchen

Did you know that the Cantele winery offers cooking classes in its iSensi tasting kitchen?

You can learn more about the different classes and wine and food tasting options on the iSensi site here.

And you can send a reservation request here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

The hosts at iSensi will create a customized menu and class especially for you and your guests.

Want to learn how to make classic orecchiette? Want to taste local foods of Puglia paired with native grape varieties? Even if you just want to host a dinner party on iSensi’s lovely terrace overlooking the olive groves that surround the estate, the hosts at iSensi will create an experience especially for you.

Grilling this Memorial Day weekend? We humbly suggest Amativo (90 points Wine Spectator)

Happy Memorial Day to all of our American friends!

If you are grilling this weekend, we humbly suggest:

Cantele 2014 Amativo

A balanced, medium-bodied red, offering rich notes of tarry smoke and grilled herb well-meshed with dried black currant and ground anise flavors. Lightly mouthwatering and accessible, with a chewy finish. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases imported.

Alison Napjus
Wine Spectator

Cantele launches new project with Italy’s National Research Council

This Sunday, May 27, on the occasion of Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars), Italy’s national winery weekend (when thousands of wineries open their doors to wine lovers across the country), Cantele will be presenting a new partnership with Italy’s esteemed National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche).

Dubbed NEWine, the project aims to study yeast strains and develop winemaking protocols that will help winemakers across Puglia to create higher quality wine.

The Cantele family has made their iSensi Test Kitchen and Tasting Laboratory (above) available to the council’s researchers as their home base in Puglia.

The idea behind the project is to identify and develop strains of yeast that reflect the indigenous yeast colonies already present in Puglia while also improving winemaking. The research group appointed by the council will also develop protocols to help winemakers inoculate their wines with less risk of unwanted aromas and flavors.

The results of the project will be made available for all Pugliese winemakers.

It’s just another way that the Cantele family is working to help the Puglia wine industry across the board.

The research group will be presenting the project this Sunday at 10 a.m. as the winery kicks off a day of Cantine Aperte.

Click here for the event details on Facebook.

“Good value wine” — Weimax Wine and Spirits on Cantele Salice Salentino

Weimax Wine and Spirits in Burlingame, California has long been considered one of the best wine shops in the country. And the store’s Italian selection is not only renowned as a tastemaker for Italian wines and brand but also as a benchmark for quality.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the staff picked Cantele Salice Salentino to be included in a recent offering of “good value wines.”

Here’s what they had to say about the wine:

The Negroamaro grape is typically found in Italy’s Puglia region in the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

The region is gaining fame as a tourist destination, but its wines lag far behind those of Piemonte and Toscana in terms of price.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for good value, Puglia might be a good place to start your search.

Many wines from Puglia could easily be described as “rustic” in the not-too-distant past. And it’s easy to find some of those sorts of wines even today if you look hard enough.

But the Cantele family has been making some good, somewhat modern wines for a number of years.

Thanks to Puglia being in the shadows of other wine regions, prices remain quite attractive.

This is a medium-bodied red wine. It’s entirely Negroamaro and the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being racked into seasoned oak barrels for about half a year.
It’s low in tannin, meaning the wine is smooth and it’s ready to drink upon release.

If you’re grilling some red meat or making a soulful pasta sauce, consider this as a good pairing.

As it’s so smooth, we like to chill it for about an hour in the ‘fridge.

Thank you Weimax Wine and Spirits for the great write-up!