Sicily, on its high sunny slopes and subjected to the fresh winds of the seaside, offers some remarkable surprises, far from the mass of unexciting wines which unfortunately characterizes the reputation of the island. Its most emblematic terroir, and certainly the most impressive, is that of the volcanic slopes of Etna, in the North-East of the island. Davide Bentivegna, by choosing to become a winegrower, chose to express the different facets of a unique terroir.
First an executive in industry, Davide Bentivegna quickly changed course by returning in 2008 to his native land on the volcanic slopes of Etna with a project that includes viticulture, but also olive trees, fruit trees and agritourism. The estate – today 19 ha in all – has 7 ha of vines spread over 7 “contrada” on the North/North-East side of the volcano, 7 “crus” with distinct characteristics, but all located in terraces at an altitude between 600 and 1000 m, with a very large thermal amplitude between day and night: great balance between ripeness and freshness summarise the typical aromatic profile of wines made from Nerello Mascalese, the great local red grape variety, blended with Nerello Cappuccio. Respect for the environment and biodiversity, organic farming with only a small amount of copper and sulphur, natural vinification: such is the philosophy of the producer, in his devotion to the powerful nature of the volcano. "Austerity of the mountain, sapidity of the sea", thus summarizes the character of the wines of Etna according to Davide Bentivegna.