Azienda Vinicola Cantele srl

SP 365 km 1, 73010 Guagnano (LE)
Italy

Telephone +39 0832 705010
Fax +39 0832 705003
cantele@cantele.it

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  • Hall 16 / A56
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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 16): stand A56

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 16

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.09  Italy
  • 01.01.09.14  Puglia

Our products

Product category: Puglia

Verdeca

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Verdeca.

PRODUCTION AREA: Alberobello (BA).

TRAINING: Spur-pruned cordon-trained and head-trained (alberello), (5,000 plants per hectare).

HARVEST: Second half of September.

VINIFICATION: The grapes are destemmed, not pressed, and cooled to 8° C. They remain at this temperature for a few hours to increase the extraction of primary aromas. The soft-pressed must is racked at the same temperature in order to allow for natural fining. Alcohol fermentation is then carried out in stainless-steel vats at 14° C.

AGING POTENTIAL: This wine is intended to be drunk in its youth but thanks to its healthy acidity, it will maintain its freshness for up to 2 years.

COLOR: Intense straw yellow with hints of green.

NOSE: Intense and persistent. Fruity with clean notes of quince, elderberry, and pear tree aromas. Classic balsamic finish with notes of rosemary and sage.

PALATE: Intense, clean, and fresh with a light aromatic note. Seductive, persistent finish with aromatic complexity.

PAIRING: Seafood, fresh and light cheeses. Light first courses that are not to intense in their aromatic or spicy character.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 11° C. (52° F.).

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Product category: Puglia

Negroamaro Rosato

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Negroamaro.

PRODUCTION AREA: Guagnano (LE).

TRAINING: Spur-pruned cordon-trained (5,000 plants per hectare).

HARVEST: Second half of September.

VINIFICATION: The grapes are macerated for 12-24 hours in order to extract the correct color from the skins and the classic aromatic notes of Negroamaro. The free-run must is fermented at 14-15° C. in stainless-steel vats where it remains until alcoholic fermentation is completed.

AGING: The wine is then aged in stainless-steel until bottling.

AGING POTENTIAL: Drink upon release or cellar for 1-2 years.

COLOR: Soft pink-rosé.

NOSE: Essence of geranium and rose combined with strawberry and cherry. Sweet and nuanced on the nose, with noteworthy tenacity.

PALATE: The wine’s impressive alcohol is balanced by its delicate flavors and light, bright freshness, elegance, and persistence.

PAIRING: Excellent with cheese soufflé, vegetable torts, and intensely flavored seafood and soups. Eggs, poached or scrambled, are also a favorite pairing.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 11° C. (52° F.).

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Product category: Puglia

Chardonnay

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay.

PRODUCTION AREA: Guagnano (LE), Montemesola (TA).

TRAINING: Guyot (5,000 plants per hectare).

HARVEST: First ten days of August.

VINIFICATION: The grapes are destemmed, crushed, and gently pressed. The must is cooled to 10° C. in order to allow for natural fining. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless-steel vats at 15° C.

AGING POTENTIAL: A wine that will maintain its freshness and flavor for 2 years.

COLOR: Straw yellow with hints of green.

NOSE: Notes of lily, magnolia, juniper, and linden are followed by ripe fruit and seductive herbaceous aromas.

PALATE: The alcoholic structure and freshness in this wine reward the wine lover with its drinkability and approachability. Its rich finish mirrors its aromas with great balance.

PAIRING: Seafood in general, particularly mollusks and shellfish.
Vegetables and soft cheeses.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 11° C. (52° F.).

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About us

Company details

The founder of the Cantele winery, Giovanni Battista Cantele — grandfather to the current generation — was born in 1907 in Pramaggiore (in the Province of Venice). During the Second World War, he moved to Imola (Province of Bologna) where he met and married the beautiful Teresa Manara. The couple had two sons, Augusto and Domenico.

After the war, Gianni — as he was known — made a career for himself in the wine trade. Like many in his generation, he found steady work as a broker of bulk wine that he would purchase in Puglia and then sell in Northern Italy. At the time, winemakers in northern Italy had difficulties in achieving the desired alcohol content and body in their wines — in part because of the climatic conditions and in part because of the available winemaking technology. It was not uncommon to ship wine from Puglia (where grape growers had no problems in obtaining fruit with sufficient sugar levels) to blend into the wines of the north. Expanding prosperity and a population explosion in the north had led to growing demand for quality wine.

On one of the many business trips that Gianni made from Imola to Lecce (Puglia’s baroque masterpiece and the hub of its viticulture), he took his wife Teresa with him. It was love at first sight: as soon as they arrived in Lecce, she made up her mind that she wanted to move the whole family there.

In the year’s leading up to Italy’s “economic miracle” and post-war recovery, it was unthinkable that a family with a thriving business would choose to abandon the prosperous north and relocate in the south, where agriculture was still the leading industry. But Gianni’s devotion to Teresa and their shared love of the pristine Salento peninsula inspired the couple to make a “reverse” migration. When most young married couples were moving to the north in search of factory jobs, the Cantele family backed the bags and headed in the opposite direction.

Teresa and Gianni’s son Augusto, 16 years old at the time, was reluctant to follow the family to the “deep south” — even though, in his later years, there was no one who loved Salento more. He remained in the north and went to school to study enology in Conegliano at the historic Institute for Viticultural Research and Experimentation.
After completing his degree, he “cut his teeth” in the wine industry working at wineries in the Veneto (northern Italy), where he developed his deft hand for making white wines.

At the end of the 1960s, August finally decided to reunite with his family in Lecce and he began working as a consulting enologist in the townships of Guagnano and Salice Salentino. In 1979, father Gianni and sons Augusto and Domenico decided to start a new winery under the family name. In the early years, Cantele was a bottler, purchasing wines from the wineries where Augusto worked as a consultant. Then, in the 1990s, Cantele began to acquire vineyards and started making its own wines.

The 1990s were important years for Italian wine, with impressive growth in foreign markets, particularly in the U.S. and Central and Northern Europe. In 2003, to meet the growing demand for its wines in Italy and abroad, Cantele opened a new state-of-the-art winery between the villages of Fra Guagnano and Salice Salentino (the best growing zone in Puglia).

Today, the Cantele family owns 50 hectares planted to vine and the family’s current winemaker Gianni (one of Augusto’s sons) and agronomist Cataldo Ferrari manage another 150 hectares owned by other growers. Augusto’s other son Paolo is the winery’s brand manager and Domenico’s son Umberto is head of sales. Domenico’s daughter Luisa also works in the estate’s corporate offices together with Gianni’s wife Gabriella. The business remains to this day a true “family affair.”

Grandfather Gianni was a red wine lover. Grandmother Teresa preferred white. When Gianni lovingly scolded her, noting that there were plenty of red grapes in the world that she could enjoy, she responded by saying that if he wouldn’t make her any red wine, she would ask their son Augusto to make her some.

The Cantele winery produces 1.5 million bottles annually, including indigenous Pugliese grapes like Primitivo and Negroamaro as well as international varieties like Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah.

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