The Cantele Winery: An Overview

Cantele Winery

The Cantele estate is a third-generation family-owned and run winery founded by the current generation’s grandparents, immigrants from the north who settled in Puglia after WWII. Known for its pioneering work with Chardonnay and its passion for native grapes, Cantele delivers high-quality, classic wines at great prices.

Growing Practices

The narrow Salento peninsula is renowned for high-quality wine thanks to abundant ventilation, temperate weather, extreme diurnal shifts in summer, and limestone-rich soils. Over the last two decades, Cantele has implemented a cutting-edge “minimal intervention” system in its vineyards, thus ensuring freshness and varietal expression.

Winemaking Philosophy

Freshness and varietal expression are the two key elements in Cantele’s winemaking style. Winemaker Gianni Cantele starts with the highest quality estate-grown fruit and strives to maintain the fruit’s natural aromas and flavors. All wines are vinified in stainless-steel and the top wines are aged in neutral cask.

Modern Italian at Fat Ox in Scottsdale has us drooling

Man, we were just floored when we landed on the photos section of the Fat Ox Facebook!

That’s just one of the mouth-watering images that hooked us.

We can’t wait to get out to this Scottsdale, Arizona “modern Italian”: You can tell from their social media that these folks love and care about Italian food with gusto.

Check out this image of Chef Rochelle Daniel making squid-ink ravioli. It’s not a surprise that they call her a “rockstar.”

We can’t wait to get out that way and try her cooking. And we couldn’t be more proud to be part of their wine program.

Fat Ox
6316 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale AZ 85253
(480) 307-6900
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Image via the Fat Ox Facebook.

Gorgeous Chardonnay from the 2018 harvest!

Cantele winemaker Gianni Cantele shared the above photo on his Facebook last week: gorgeous Chardonnay bunches from the 2018 harvest.

They’re almost ready to pick, he writes.

This year, “all we need to do is crush and ferment,” he says.

That’s how good he expects this harvest to be.

That fruit will become Cantele’s top Chardonnay, “Teresa Manara.”

Click here for Gianni’s post and a couple more photos from this year’s Chardonnay harvest.

Puglia wine tastings and cooking classes at Cantele’s iSensi tasting room and test kitchen

Heading to Puglia this summer? Cantele’s tasting room and test kitchen “iSensi” can handle groups of nearly all sizes.

Click here to learn more and to reserve your wine tasting or cooking classes.

iSensi also hosts al fresco lunches and dinners featuring classic Pugliese foods, dishes, and wines.

iSensi is a space where aromas and flavors take shape, where music and art are blended together to create a multi-sensorial experience. We offer our guests a hands-on experience where tradition and innovation come together to create a wholly unique and unforgettable visit.

“Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

“This is a terrific food wine, perhaps the most food-friendly rosé I’ve tasted in a year,” writes top U.S. wine blogger Meg Houston Maker.

“It has enough heft to stand up to grilled foods but enough freshness to pair with salads, cold seafood, and young cheeses. Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

We’re always thrilled to see Cantele wines in the media. But it was a special treat for us to read her impressions: she’s a U.S. leading wine educator and blogger and her writing (including her contributions to Palate Press) stand apart in our view as some of the best and most informed wine writing in America today (her background is in creative writing).

You can call her a “wine writer.” But we call her a damn good writer who just happens to write about wine…

Click here for her post.

Cantele Chardonnay and Crab Arancini at Sopra in Colorado Springs

For Italian cuisine to be truly authentic, it has to be creative.

That’s an adage to live by.

We can’t wait to taste Chef Franco Pisani’s Crab Arancini when we get out to Colorado later this year!

Thank you, Chef Franco, and thank you, Sopra, for including Cantele Chardonnay to your wonderful wine program! Sounds like a perfect pairing for this mouth-watering dish!

Sopra Antipasto and Wine Bar
4 S 28th St.
Colorado Springs CO 80904
(719) 344-8119
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Image via the Sopra Facebook.