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Benanti, Mt Etna, Sicily & Sardinia

Rare Offer & Winemaker Tasting
On Saturday, 17th March, we’ll be opening a bevy of unique and stunning Italian reds from everyday, well-priced drinkers through to the top wines of Tenuta Benanti, Tenuta Terre Nere, Travaglini & Sardinian Super-Star Agricola Punica.

Winemaker Giuseppe Benanti will be here from 10am-12pm pouring his latest releases from Benanti Estate, Mt Etna! A rare opportunity to talk to one of the founding fathers and most knowledgable winemakers involved with Mt Etna production. And from 12pm until 3pm Saturday, Marco Nordio from Sapori d'Italia will be continuing this fabulous tasting which includes Nebbiolo from Gattinara and Sardinian legend Agricola Punica.

Discover and enjoy the very best of Mt Etna, Sicily,  Sardinia and Puglia from 10am-3pm this Saturday at our Penrose Store – 19 Station Road, Penrose, Auckland. No reservation required, simply drop by, bring a friend or two and enjoy some Grandi Vini Italiani!

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.

If Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante have become superstar grape varieties - along with the wines of Etna in general - credit needs to go to the Benanti family and their original winemaker Salvo Foti, who were by far the first to believe in this mountain viticulture.

Giuseppe Benanti, now helped by his sons Antonio and Salvino, started the estate back in 1998 but his grandfather, also called Giuseppe, was buying land and making wine from what are now considered grand cru areas of Etna such as Guardiola already back in the late 1800s.

Always moving forward, the estate vinifies with natural yeasts selected from their own vineyards, and the estate is looking to plant another six or seven hectares of Carricante. Another sign of sure-fire commitment to Etna is that the Benantis have done away their international grapes, and have sold off some vineyards in the process, which, not surprisingly, were quickly gobbled up by a large, well-known Sicilian estate.
— Ian D'Agata, December 2015

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