The Italian wine region of Mount Etna has exploded into popularity on an international scale in the last few years. The Benanti family truly is one of the originals - they have farmed estate vineyards on Mount Etna since the 1800s when founder Dr. Giuseppe Benanti first planted vines. The winery is traditional and makes stunning wines of a mineral driven and classical nature. The famed Etna Bianco Cru “Pietramarina” is a powerful yet complex white wine, deserving of its praise. Their highly affordable entry level Etna Rosso is a precise, bright, and highly crushable version of Nerello Mascalese. The more complex reds of the domain like the monovarietal Nerello Mascalese or the “Serra della Contessa” Etna Rosso Cru are both dense, structured and truly do “meet you on the corner of grenache and sangiovese” as Bobby and the team say at Frasca, when it comes to Nerello. Proprietor Salvoni Benanti will be on hand to show the greatest examples of the entire appellation.
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