From: Puglia, Italy
At the end of World War II, when most of the population of Puglia was moving North to work in the big factories near Torino and Milano, Giovanni Battista Cantele, a wine merchant living in the northern city of Imola, moved his family to Salento. The final decision was made by his wife Teresa Manara, who, at the time, barely knew anything about the area but fell in love with Puglia at first sight. She would later become the inspiration for a wine that now bears her name. After studying winemaking in Conegliano, Giovanni's son, Augusto Cantele, started the family winery, Cantine Cantele, with his father and his brother Domenico in 1979. Today, Teresa Manara and Giovanni Battista Cantele’s grandchildren run the winery together: Augusto’s children, Gianni and Paolo; and Domenico’s children, Umberto and Luisa. The Cantele winery is located in Guagnano, in the heart of the DOC where Negro Amaro dominates the landscape. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, Puglia is a land of rare beauty, where vast plains alternate with gentle hills. Salento, the long narrow strip that forms Puglia’s southern peninsula, extends between the Ionian and Adriatic seas. It’s an area rich with ancient olive groves and vines, enchanting beaches and a jagged rocky shoreline.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in color with garnet streaks, this wine offers intense and complex aromas of candied fruits and spices that evolve into clean underbrush, tea, and amber. Enhanced by notes of red flowers, the same aromas linger on the palate, complemented by confident but not overbearing alcohol. The tannins and fresh acidity work together to create a balanced, smooth wine.
Pairing: Ideal with roast veal and beef, game, lamb, and ripe aged cheeses.
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