Winemaker Tasting: Benanti with Antonio Benanti (Oct. 7)


Friday, October 7


$15 dollar tickets

(fee waived for wine club members)

At the end of the 1800’s, Giuseppe Benanti, grandfather of Dr. Giuseppe Benanti, began the production of wines on one of his father’s old farms on the slopes of Mount Etna, at Viagrande (Catania). In 1988, Giuseppe Benanti revived the family’s old passion, with an extensive and selective study of the Etnean soils highly devoted to viticulture. He also investigated particular clones of indigenous vines and new oenological techniques to reproduce ancient fragrances using the most modern practices of vinification, in a perfect union of history and reality. From this five year study, wines of unique taste were produced recreating old flavors and keeping them intact over time.These wines have a strong personality and carry the culture and passion for wine of the Benanti family, always driven by respect for the places, terroir and old “palmenti”. This passion, after revealing the marvels of the Etnean territory, has guided them to Pantelleria and then Pachino.Today the company is placed in a market range of high quality level products and the request for its wines is strongly increasing. This is mainly due to the quality of its wines, known throughout Italy and abroad, and attested by many awards given annually by the most important national and international competitions.Since its beginning, to produce D.O.C. ETNA wines, the structural set-up of Azienda Benanti has followed and seconded the remarkable pedoclimatic variability of the various Etna mountainsides each of them at the base of a particular viticultural production and as a consequence the quality of grapes in the same and different vintages. In the Etnean area, Benanti vineyards are located on the northern, eastern and southern slopes of the volcano and the crus of white and red wines come from there. Recently another important production site has been acquired in the Syracuse area, Commune of Noto (Pachino), in the most traditional and oldest area of Sicilian vines from which the production of Nero d’Avola and Moscato di Noto comes down.