Davide Bentivegna

Italy, Sicily

 
 

Organic


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"We are a young agricultural enterprise located on the slopes of Mount Etna with the aim to make the most expressive Mt. Etna wines naturally from the 19 hecatares that we own.  We believe in a conception of wine that is above all humanistic; we promote a responsibility towards the environment, the community, our customers and the future. In our own personal interpretation of this unwritten standard, existing for milleniums, we follow the moon to guide our activities, use natural herbs and only a Bordeaux mixture (copper sulfate) in the vineyards in minimal quantities.  Our contrade, or sub zones, are Presa, Linguaglossa, Passopisciaro and Randazzo; all based on the northeastern side of the volcano. Each contrada is treated separately, as each parcel has a distinct lava stratification, mesoclimate and exposition. The resulting wines are a panoply of various expressions of Etna’s terroir.   The vineyards are trained in alberello style, or bush trained, an ancient method traditionally used on Etna. The vines are planted on land that is terraced with dry-stone walls constructed with the local volcanic stones so omnipresent on Etna's slopes. The close proximity of the vines (6,000 - 9,000 plants per hectare) creates fierce competition and forces the roots to point downward into the volcanic soil in search of water and nutrients. The altitude of the vineyards varies from 600 to 1000 meters above sea level. The extreme weather conditions and drastic diurnal shifts (an average of 16°C between day and night) result in wines of great phenolic profile, complexity and longevity.   All fermentations are spontaneous, using only indigenous yeast colonies. The wines are neither fined nor filtered. When possible, we avoid the addition of sulphites, but in rare cases we allow ourselves to add a maximum of 30mg/liter." - Davide Bentivegna

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Etna Villa Petrosa Rosso Ancestrale (Rosé) 90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Carricante, Catarratto, Minnella, Inzolia, Grecanico 70-120 years Volcanic basalt Organic
Etna Kaos Bianco 70% Carricante, 30% Catarratto 20-40 years Volcanic basalt Organic
Anatema Rosso 80% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio, 10% other local red varieties 40 years Volcanic basalt Organic
Etna Kaos Rosso 80% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio, 10% other local red varieties   40 years Volcanic basalt Organic
Etna Notti Stellate Rosso 85% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio, 5% Syrah 70 years Volcanic basalt Organic