“While the endorsement of local varieties is growing more prevalent among Puglia’s quality producers,” writes Wine Spectator editor Alison Napjus in the October 2015 issue of the magazine, “it remains a difficult task to educate the wider world about these grapes.”
“‘I would like to do something to help the popularity of Negroamaro,’ says Gianni Cantele, of his family’s Cantele winery, which moved from large-volume winemaking to smaller, quality-oriented production in the late 1990s.”
“‘Negroamaro is a challenge for us. In this part of Salento it’s all Negroamaro, so of course we want to promote the reputation of the grape. It’s not an easy job to do. But at the end of the day, I think this is very important to increase overall quality.'”
Check out Alison’s interview with Gianni in her feature article “Puglia: Out of the Shadows” in the current issue of the magazine (October 2015).