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  • Book your event now at iSensi, Cantele’s cooking school, test kitchen, and wine bar

    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.

  • Thank you, Winebow, thank you, America, for a wonderful experience…

    Paolo Cantele (above) just completed two weeks of market work with Cantele’s new U.S. importer, Winebow. He crisscrossed the U.S., from New York to the Midwest, back to New York and then back to the Midwest again, presenting the winery to its new distributors and partners.

    Over the course of the last two weeks, we’ve meet some wonderful people and experienced the immense potential of our partnership. Salento and Puglia have a fantastic story to tell. It’s been an amazing experience to learn that America wants to hear it!

    Thank you, Winebow! Thank you, America!

  • Pouring wine for a good cause in Cleveland, OH

    “Nothing could be better than when wine and food come together for a good cause,” said Paolo Cantele during a recent benefit evening to raise money for the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.

    “We are proud to be part of it.”

    From the center’s website:

    “Located on the main campus of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, UH Seidman Cancer Center opened in spring 2011. The 375,000-square-foot hospital houses all of our cancer services under one roof to optimize patient-and family-centered care, provide the latest therapies, enhance collaboration and promote clinical research and education.”

  • The Cantele family “mosaic”…

    “Each of us is a tile in a mosaic that has taken shape over generations.”

    Umberto Cantele

    Last week, the Cantele family presented “Twenty Years of Cantele Teresa Manara Chardonnay,” a celebration of the wine named after the cousins’ grandmother Teresa — the woman who inspired it all.

    That’s the current generation of the Cantele family above, from left: Umberto, Luisa, Giani, Paolo, and Domenico.

    Thank you to everyone who has made this journey possible!

  • Twenty years of Teresa Manara Chardonnay, named after the woman who inspired it all…

    This year marks the twentieth vintage of Cantele Teresa Manara Chardonnay, named after the Cantele family’s grandmother, the woman whose love of Salento inspired her husband to relocate to Puglia.

    Rhythms that repeat themselves, over and over, just like the sunrise.

    Between ancient olive trees and expert hands, traditions intertwine every evening surrounded by two seas but just one sunset.

    Under a hot sun, men and women sing among the vines. Their hands are rough and their movements soft.

    Run, Teresa. The earth is warm under your feet. You taught us how color tells us when the moment is right. Run. The fruit is ripe and harvest won’t wait.

    Twenty summers, twenty harvests. Winds that blow from the north and dry the dew. A new vintage is ready. It’s ready and it whispers your name.

  • Thank you to Il Brutto in Austin for a great wine dinner (and FANTASTIC orecchiette)!

    Paolo Cantele just completed a whirlwind trip through the U.S. working with the estate’s new American importer Winebow.

    He literally crisscrossed the country, visiting more than 12 cities along the way.

    In Texas alone, he hit three cities, including Austin, the state capital, where he hosted a wine dinner at one of the city’s hottest new Italian restaurants, Il Brutto.

    Executive chef Erind Halilaj’s team totally nailed the traditional Pugliese menu they served that night, including the classically prepared housemade orecchiette (above) — one of Puglia’s signature pastas.

    Man, this dish was spot on: From the al dente texture of the hand-rolled pasta to the gentle seasoning of the tomato sauce and the coarse shredding of the fresh ricotta, Paolo noted that this one the most authentic Puglisese dishes he’s ever eaten in America. The pairing with the Cantele Chardonnay was only topped by the Salice Salentino with grilled lamb, another Pugliese standby.

    General manager and wine director Charity Sadoy’s Italian list is so thoughtful and balanced, remarked a wine writer who attended the event, with selections that reflect her deep knowledge of and inspired passion for Italian wine. So many sommeliers go for the funky and the off-beat these days. Charity’s program captures what’s great about Italian wine today — from the traditional to the experimental. And the bar makes a pretty mean Negroni, too!

    Thank you, Il Brutto, for one of the best nights of the trip!

    Il Brutto
    1601 E. 6th St.
    Austin TX 78702
    (512) 580-8779
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  • Thank you, Evo in Portland (Maine), for a wonderful Pugliese-Calabrese evening!

    Octopus was just one of the spectacular dishes served as part of a southern Italian menu created by Evo Kitchen + Bar this week in Portland, Maine.

    The occasion was a wine dinner featuring the wines of Cantele and Librandi (from Calabria).

    From left below, that’s Paolo Librandi, Paolo Cantele, Gianni Cantele, and Kelly Nelson, Evo’s general manager Kelly Nelson.

    What an amazing night between the flavors of Calabria and Puglia, a wonderful group of food and wine lovers, and the superb staff at Evo where the food (as you can see from the photo above) was as beautiful as it was tasty.

    Thank you, Evo, for such a wonderful night in Portland!

    Top image via the Evo Facebook.

  • “When we eat pizza, arugula salad and meatballs in the summertime, this is the wine we crave!”

    We just had to share this lovely note from the Murray Family in Spring Lake, New Jersey, owners of the Bottle Shop, a second-generation wine shop.

    “When we eat pizza, arugula salad and meatballs in the summertime,” they write about the Cantele Rosato from Negroamaro, “this is the wine we crave!”

    “We were impressed by the complexity, consistency and value across the board,” they write. “Another interesting fact he shared with us is that Cantele adds even less sulfites than allowed by the legal organic limit. The estate is not organic, per se, but the vineyards are farmed sustainably.”

    Click here to read their review of the Cantele winery and the wine.

    Thank you, Murray family!

  • Cantele history: A black and white story with a Technicolor ending

    The Cantele story begins in black-and-white, like a Neorealist film. WWII was at its peak and Italians listened in secret to American radio. They couldn’t make out the song lyrics but they could understand the words love and hope.

    When the fighting was done, Giovanni Cantele set out from his home in war-torn northeastern Italy in search of a better life. He landed in the city of Imola (in the region of Romagna, north-central Italy) where he found steady work in the wine trade and where he would meet the love of his life, Teresa Manara.
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