The Benanti family has grown grapes for several generations but only in small amounts for their own use. In 1988 Giuseppe Benanti, who had a long standing passion for wine, decided to give up his pharmaceutical career in Catania and establish a winery with the aim of preserving the unique terroir of Etna’s volcanic slopes and to work with and develop local Etnean grape varieties.
Giuseppe’s two sons Antonio and Salvino have now taken over and have continued the original aim to respect the characteristics of Etnean varieties, by adopting and maintaining a very traditional approach and philosophy. The brothers are committed to producing only high quality wines from vineyards located on different slopes of Mount Etna, so as to highlight the uniqueness of the many different terroirs within the Etna DOC region. The family now owns 14 hectares of vineyards in different DOC areas around the Etnean massif allowing them to produce an intriguing range of wines from the indigenous varieties Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante and Minnella. The microclimate here is unique due to the proximity to the sea, the volcanic soil and also the cone-shaped surface of the slopes which provide excellent exposure to the sun. The sea breezes and the altitude ensure the grapes are cooled in what would otherwise be a very hot climate and therefore the ripening process is slow and gradual enabling complex flavours to develop. The vineyards are in conversion to organic viticulture and winemaking is as natural as possible using indigenous yeasts.