Cookery Class at Benanti


Cantina Benanti, one of the best wineries in Sicily, located in Viagrande is glad to offer you a guided tour of their Monte Serra estate and vineyard, followed by a cooking demonstration and a wine tasting.

The visit includes the following activities:

  • To help you settle in, you will be given an introduction to the winery, its origins and its philosophy, along with some information on the Etna region (estimated time: 10 minutes)
  • You will then be escorted up to the scenic Monte Serra vineyard nestled on an extinct volcanic crater, a true landmark for the area. Here, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Etnean landscape, walk through the vines, step on the renowned black volcanic soil and learn more about how the vines are cultivated. In particular, you will be able to see their 100 year old pre-phylloxera Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio vines, situated at the very top of the hill. Please note: appropriate shoes and a hat should be worn to best enjoy the walk (estimated time: 30 minutes)
  • Back at the bottom of the hill, you continue by visiting the so-called palmento, a spectacular lava-stone vinification hall dating back to the 18th century, one of the best preserved palmento on Etna (estimated time: 10 minutes)
  • Just before starting your tasting you will have a look at the oak barrel hall where Benanti red wines are aged. As a quirky “plus”, you will also be able to see a real, traditional Sicilian kart that has been restored to perfection (estimated time: 5 minutes)
  • After the tour, you will be guided by the chef through a cooking demonstration in the winery’s kitchen (estimated time: 60 minutes). You will help the cook with the preparation of typical Sicilian dishes.

To maximize your experience, they will serve their top-of-the-range wines!

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