Taste with the Cantele family at Vinitaly in Verona this year!
Paolo, Gianni, and Umberto are looking forward to seeing you in Hall 11, Stand E2.
It’s always nice when a wine writer recommends your wine.
It’s even nicer when a top wine writer recommends your wine on the number one wine blog in the world!
We couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn that veteran wine writer and New York Times contributor Stacy Slinkard included Cantele’s Salice Salentino in her post this week on “the Best Italian Red Wines for Beginners” on Wine Folly.
Thank you, Stacy! And thank you, Wine Folly!
Since 2013, the Xylella fastidiosa (Pierce’s Disease) crisis in Salento has continued to decimate the region’s olive groves. In some instances, families who have been growing olives and milling olive oil for generations have lost their livelihood thanks to the unforgiving pathogen. These days, the peninsula, once teeming with resplendent olive groves, is dotted with dead and abandoned trees — many of them centuries old.
Some progress has been made in developing olive cultivars that are resistant to the disease.
As saddened as we are by what’s happening on the ground in Salento, we were pleased to see this CBS Sunday Morning story about the crisis.
Continue reading CBS Sunday Morning covers the ongoing olive oil crisis in Salento
Why did winemaker Gianni Cantele post this picture of himself with Cantele’s longtime vineyard manager Cataldo Ferrari and a horse?
It’s because the Cantele team has been using a horse-drawn plough to de-grass its vineyards this year.
Over the last decade, the Cantele family has been working toward a goal of 100 percent sustainable farming practices. Even though the Cantele winery isn’t organic certified, the majority of fruit used to make its wines is organically farmed — i.e., without the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides. Even in those cases where synthetic products are used, they are applied as sparingly as possible. It’s a reflection of a growing movement of grape farmers in Italy and Europe who are practicing a new and novel approach to sustainability in the vineyards.
Continue reading A horse in the vineyard: Sustainable farming at Cantele
Just like every time our English-language blogger visits the winery, he asks to be taken for a puccia — Salento’s famous “anything goes” sandwich (above).
Across the city of Lecce, you can find sandwich shops that serve just one type of sandwich: The puccia (pronounced POO-chah), a made-on-the-spur-of-the-moment flatbread that can be stuffed with a wide variety of ingredients.
Continue reading Puccia: Salento’s “anything goes” sandwich
In another era, Lecce — the ancient capital of the Salento peninsula — was one of the richest cities in the western world.
A hub between the east and the west, it was a major commercial center for trade and transport. And thanks to its stature, it was also a cultural center where Greek and Balkan traditions blended in with Roman and later Italian science and arts.
By the end of the 17th century, Lecce had also become renowned for its unique style of baroque architecture.
Continue reading Getting lost in Lecce, one of life’s great pleasures (photo essay)
Winemaker Gianni Cantele is extremely pleased with the results from the 2017 harvest and he expects this vintage of Teresa Manara Chardonnay 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 has just become available in the U.S.
Continue reading Coming soon to America: Teresa Manara Chardonnay 2017, a “spectacular vintage”
Earlier this month, Paolo Cantele and Cantele’s English-language blogger attended the launch of a new and truly innovative app called Sottocuoco in Lecce (Salento, Puglia).
The concept is as simple as it is brilliant: The app allows users (known as forchette or forks) to connect with professional chefs and home cooks who, for a fee, will either deliver a meal to your home or visit your home to prepare a meal in your own kitchen.
The start-up was inspired by a new trend that is spreading rapidly across Italy and Europe: Mostly through word-of-mouth, career chefs and food professionals have been making extra money by working as private chefs and caterers; and talented home cooks, who abound in Italy where creative and traditional home cooking is considered much more than just a pastime, have been following in the footsteps of their career and professional counterparts.
Not only is the concept so promising and appealing that it has attracted major investment from Italian venture capitalists, but it has also received an endorsement from one of Italy’s leading high tech pioneers, Matteo Achilli, who has been dubbed the “Italian Mark Zuckerberg” by the Italian media.
Continue reading Sottocuoco: A new app from Lecce that connects food lovers with chefs and home cooks.
The Cantele family couldn’t be more thrilled by this new and exciting partnership. And the best news is that Winebow has decided to bring some of the estate’s top wines to the U.S. for the first time.
The first containers are expected to land shortly and they will include the follow wines:
Teresa Manara Chardonnay (NEW!)
Teresa Manara Negroamaro (NEW!)
There are a few other labels that will be making the voyage across the Atlantic as well and we’ll post updates here on the blog as they come in.
But in the meantime, our English-language blogger will be posting technical info and tasting notes for all the wines that will be landing in just a few weeks. He was recently in Salento where he visited the winery and sat down with export manager Paolo Cantele to taste all the new releases headed for the states.
Stay tuned: We’ll post the first in the series later this week.
Hello U.S.A.! Here we come!
Perhaps more than any other grape variety, Primitivo has been intensely scrutinized by wine historians and geneticists.
See, for example, the Wiki entry for Primitivo/Zinfandel, where the editors give an excellent overview of the tide of scholarship that has been devoted to the grape, including Charles Sullivan’s excellent monograph Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine, published in 2003 by University of California Press.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the intense attention that has been devoted to Primitivo is owed to the immense popularity and commercial success of Zinfandel in the U.S.
Continue reading Primitivo: The meaning of the grape name