Benanti
Benanti
Etna

The uniqueness of Benanti wines produced on Etna benefit from the proximity of the sea and particular volcanic sandy soil; furthermore, the vine growing region stretches on a conic-frustum-shaped surface with climatic influence due to altitude and exposure.

Altitude affects the microclimates with remarkable daily, monthly and yearly temperature changes (of almost 30°C), thus affecting the processes of blossoming, veraison and ripening of the grapes. Luminosity as well depends upon exposure and affects the enzyme phenomena responsible for acid and sugar metabolism, and, therefore the quality of the grapes. Both factors, altitude and exposure, in correlation, cause different microclimates.

To exalt the vitivincultural potentialities of the different Etnean territories, these attentive evaluations have directed the selection of microzones to be devoted to vineyards. These microzones also host some of the oldest vines not only in the Etnean territory, but in the whole island. They are indigenous, very noble vines, which survived the phylloxera epidemic of the last part of the 19th century: Nerello Mascalese, Carricante, Minnella and Nerello Cappuccio.

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