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  • Harvest has begun at Cantele!

    The 2019 harvest has begun at Cantele!

    Those are Fiano grapes above, photographed by winemaker Gianni Cantele. They were among the first grapes to be picked.

    Puglia’s yield this vintage is predicted to be slightly smaller than last year’s. But the quality, by all accounts, is very high and Gianni and his team are already hard at work making the wines, which they expect to be great this year despite the lower volume.

    With the white grape harvest now well under way, Gianni is still tasting and analyzing laboratory samples of the red grapes to determine when he’ll start picking the estate’s Primitivo and Negroamaro.

    Buona vendemmia, as they say in Italian! Have a great harvest, Gianni!

  • The eleventh vintage and a new label

    A tradition of seeking excellence… This is the concept behind the new Fiano Alticelli. With its classic golden yellow color, this wine heralds the arrival of the warmer light of summer. And it serves as a link to the grape’s mysterious but undisputed origins in ancient Greece where it was greatly coveted by the citizens of Athens.

    Even though Fiano is more widely associated with Campania, it has always been grown in Puglia where it has enjoyed a rich history among winemakers. But be careful not to confuse it with Fiano Minutolo, a more aromatic grape variety. We focused its efforts on “Pugliese” Fiano, the very same grape that arrived in our region together with Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the thirteenth century. It was Frederick himself who introduced Fiano Pugliese in the township of Manfredonia (Foggia province), where the clay-rich and skeletal soils, with their low alkaline pH, made for the ideal terroir to grow this grape. It was an excellent match. The unique soil type gave the wines distinct aromas and flavors, complexity, and nuance. Broom, yellow grapefruit, chamomile, white rose are the descriptors commonly used in tasting notes on the wine.

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