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Benanti, Etna Rosso 2019
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Benanti, Etna Rosso 2019

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“Contrada” Rinazzo in the village of Milo, on the eastern slope of Mount Etna, facing the Ionian Sea. Sourced from 80 year old vines.

Winemaking in the Benanti family can be traced back to the late 1800s in Viagrande. This deep-rooted passion for wine is what led Giuseppe Benanti to establish the namesake winery in 1988. Located on Mount Etna, “an island within the island” of Sicily, the Benanti family produces wines using 100% native grapes – Carricante, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. With vineyards positioned on four different slopes of the Etna volcano: North, East, South-East and South-West, the climatic influence and volcanic soils from each slope combine to create territorial wines with a “sense of place.” Benanti is the only winery with vineyards on every slope of the Etna DOC area.

Benanti is the only winery with vineyards on every slope of the Etna DOC area.

After 25 years at the helm of the winery and greatly contributing to the development and growth of the whole region, Giuseppe passed the torch to his sons in 2012. Antonio and Salvino Benanti now lead the winery with the same vision and passion as their father, continuing the reputation as a very traditional producer and the pioneer of fine wine making on Mount Etna.

Etna Bianco
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappaccio
Volcanic sand
The two varieties are vinified separately. Grapes are hand-picked in October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation with maceration occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, with indigenous yeasts selected in the vineyard by Benanti. About 80% of the Nerello Mascalese matures in stainless steel, while about 20% matures in oak barriques for 8-10 months. Nerello Cappuccio matures exclusively in stainless steel.