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).
Benanti wines at I.G.T. (Typical Geographic Indication) Sicily, originate from their experience in the cellar, attentive knowledge of the Sicilian territory, rich in climates and soils, and from a willingness and capability to experiment with other non-indigenous vines. In these wines different vines and different places are expertly combined. The production of Benanti wines is pretty wide and interesting. Among white wines are included Etna Bianco Pietramarina, produced with Carricante grape, which gives its best after some years of aging in bottle, Edèlmio, produced with Carricante and Chardonnay grapes, fermented and aged in barrique; finally, two mono varietal wines respectively produced with Minnella and Chardonnay grapes. The selection of red wines includes Etna Rosso Rovittello, produced with Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes, an interesting wine aged in cask; Lamorèmio, produced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese, aged in barrique for at least 18 months; Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa, produced with Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes, an interesting and very good wine aged in barrique for more than one year. The range of red wines produced by Benanti winery is completed by three mono varietals respectively produced with Nerello Cappuccio, Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese grapes. More