Founded in 1979 by Gianni Cantele and his sons Augusto and Domenico, Cantele became a fully developed winery, making its own wines in the 1990s. Growing with the notoriety of wines from Puglia, the Cantele family now owns 124 acres of vineyards and manages an additional 370 acres in the southern tip of Puglia with the help of agronomist Cataldo Ferrari. Today, this family-run winery produces significant amounts of wine that feature indigenous Pugliese varietals like Primitivo and Negroamaro, as well as, international varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah.
The Cantele family has been in the wine industry for three generations and is proud to have played an active role in Puglia's shift from the production of bulk wine to a concentration in making quality estate wines. Today, Cantele's modern winery produces two million bottles annually which are critically acclaimed. Among its accolades, Cantele is one of the few wineries in Italy to receive the covented Tre Bicchieri designation from Gambero Rosso for a wine in the premium price category. Cantele offers American consumers Chardonnay, Alticelli Fiano, Negroamaro, Negroamaro Rosato, Primitivo, Salice Salentino Riserva, and Amativo, a blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo.