CantinArte is an estate rich with matriarchal history. Francesca di Nisio inherited a few hectares of vines, as well as an oil mill from the 1700s, from her grandmother. Wine and olive oil production is still the heartbeat of CantinArte. The seriousness of the estate is evident in the name: Cantina (cellar) and Arte (art)—in reference to the art of making wine and olive oil.
Located in the town of Chieti, Francesca’s small collection of vineyards are certified organic and situated between the Adriatic Sea and the mountains. When she and her husband, Diego, found themselves in love with the mountains to the west, they planted a vineyard of Pecorino in Navelli, 700 meters above sea level. They grow Montepulciano, Pecorino, and Trebbiano, the vines ranging from young to about 40 years old. In addition to the winery, the old oil mill is now an international attraction as a museum of olive oil.