Clearly Italy’s most interesting wine region, Northeastern Sicily’s Etna district is an exotic place combining the near tropical atmosphere of the Mediterranean with the bizarre moonscape of Europe’s only active volcano.  Classified as a DOC by the Italian government in 1968, the region has come to be recognized as “Italy’s answer to Burgundy”, a bastion for the creation of wines that offer an astounding blend of elegance and rustic beauty.

Few of Etna’s wineries have been as committed to quality as Benanti.  Founded in 1988 and long regarded as one of the region’s premier growers, the winery was created with the goal of preserving and resurrecting the region’s traditional wines and grape varieties—Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Carricante.  Dedicated to perfection, the winery has become famous for its extensive multi-year study of the various soils and microclimates of the area as well as its detailed investigation of indigenous wine clones, all in pursuit of finding the perfect balance of history and modernity in its wines. 

Known as Sicily’s “First Growth”, Benanti has been extensively reviewed and highly scored.


2014 Etna Bianco

2011 Pietramarina


2013 Etna Rosso

2012 Nerello Capuccio

2013 Nerello Mascalese

2012 Rovitello

2011 Serra della Contessa


2011 Serra Contessa             93 Points (Wine Advocate)

2012 Nerello Mascalese        92 Points (Wine Advocate)

2006 Serra Contessa       Tre Bicchieri (Gambero Rosso)

2010 Pietramarina         Tre Bicchieri (Gambero Rosso)