Cantele began picking its prized Chardonnay this week, grapes that will become its flagship white wine, Teresa Manara Chardonnay. Winemaker Gianni Cantele is extremely pleased with the results of this years harvest and he expects this vintage of Teresa Manara to be spectacular.
The Cantele family made history when it planted and began producing Chardonnay in Puglia in the 1990s. Today, the wines are considered benchmarks for the region.
Despite its renown in Italy, the wine only became available in the U.S. last year. And we are definitely looking forward to sharing it with our American friends in years to come.
Evviva Teresa Manara!
This wine is named after Teresa Manara, grandmother to the current generation of the Cantele family and the woman who inspired her husband to resettle in Salento, a land that had swept her off her feet when she first saw it on a business trip with him.
Mother, grandmother, wife, and muse, she continues to be a guiding light for the family and its wines, including its flagship Chardonnay and Negroamaro, named in her honor.
She traveled across Italy at a time when only men were allowed to do business. And her indomitable spirit lives on in these unforgettable wines, which were created by her son Augusto in the 1990s using select grapes from top vineyards.