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Benanti, Mt Etna

The Benanti family are one of the original pioneers of viticulture in Sicily and the first to plant vines on the slopes of Mt Etna over 140 years ago! 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, 're-booted' 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.

I was fortunate to be hosted by the Benanti Family last September at their fabulous estate on the lower slopes of Mt Etna. The hospitality is as legendary as their phenomenal wines and I cannot recommend enough a booked visit at Benanti with tasting, lunch and as many friends as you can bring! — David Haglund, Fine Wine Manager

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