Welcome to Episode 1586, in which Cynthia Chaplin interviews Gianluca Cali of the Al-Cantàra winery in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast. Al-Cantàra won the Gran Vinitaly 5StarWines “Winery of the Year” and the “Best Rosé Wine” for its Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese Rosato Amuri di Fimmina e Amuri di Matri 2021.
More about today’s guest
From the happy intuition that a good wine is “poetry” and to make it takes “art”, Al-Cantàra was born in 2005. Since the beginning, the winery has established itself at a national and international level thanks to the high quality of its wines, recognized by several important awards and, last but not the least, by the amazing results achieved both at Vinitaly, where with seven wines reported in the 5 StarWines – The Book, Al-Cantàra has been the second most awarded winery in Sicily and the sixth in Italy, and at Decanter where, with a gold medal and two silver medals, Al-Cantàra has been the first winery of Etna for number of important awards. These results have been achieved thanks to the care with which all our workers manage the vineyards and to the professionalism of our winemaker, Salvatore Rizzuto, graduated in Alba and with experience in Bordeaux and Langhe.
The sophisticated and modern packaging is another distinctive feature of the products Al-Cantàra, whose unmistakable labels are embellished by the suggestive representations of young Sicilian artists, among which lately Annachiara Di Pietro, that exalt the traditions, the culture and the Etna territory.
About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with FIS and the WSA, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, she’s lived in Europe since 1990. Italian wine, in particular rosé, is her passion. She works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, a judge at international wine and sake competitions, she consults with restaurants and enotecas developing comprehensive wine lists and food pairings, and she advises clients who want to curate an Italian wine collection. She currently works for Vinitaly International in Verona as a Project Manager, Educator, and the host of VOICES Series on The Italian Wine Podcast, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the global wine industry.
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