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.
Cantele is known for its pioneering work with Chardonnay and its passion for native grapes. Cantele set the standard for Italian Chardonnay when founding winemaker Augusto Cantele began experimenting with picking times and temperature-controlled fermentation in the 90s.
About the Vineyard
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.
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.
Puglia's limestone soils are ideal for producing fresh, balanced, and richly flavored Chardonnay with mineral backbone.
A top pairing for Pugliese crudo and Puglia's Japanese inspired cuisine.