Wine at a new depth
A dream come true
The news of the accidental discovery of 168 bottles of 19th century Champagne in a wreck of a ship wrecked in the Baltic Sea 200 years ago and still drinkable today. The unrealized desire to taste a cup, the curiosity to know its secrets, the idea of being able to repeat that magic on the seabed of our sea.
Thus was born the project of underwater chanting of Etna wines at 48 meters deep in the waters of the Marine Protected Area “Cyclops Islands”, between Aci Trezza and Aci Castello. The great dream of bringing Etna wine back to its marine origins. Back in time, when even in the prehistoric Quaternary era, the Plain of Catania did not exist and was occupied by a large gulf that became the volcano 3,290 meters high that we know today only following large sea eruptions. An ambitious project that has become a reality.
From the belly of Etna Volcano
Authentic masterpieces born from the primordial energy of fire that blazes under the volcanic earth, our wines are the expression of the excellence and uniqueness of Etna’s viticulture.
At the depths of the sea
Under the powerful pressure of the sea of the Cyclops Islands Marine Protected Area, our wines are enriched with new nuances thanks to the velvety vibrations of the abyss and the muffled sounds.
Pioneering project University of Catania
In collaboration with the University of Catania we have launched the first study in the world on how underwater wines evolve over time. The experimental research is based on the constant monitoring of wines in underwater aging according to 14 different parameters between red and white wines, monthly analysis of marine samples during their stay under water and comparison with twin samples refined by the traditional method. The scientific study aims to highlight the specific effects of pressure, total darkness, absence of sound and constant temperature on wine.
Passion, vision, innovation
Driven by the dream of bringing together in a wine the primordial energy of fire and the ancestral power of water and guided by the passion for wine, we have put to use our know-how from the world of finance, engineering and communication and created virtuous synergies with realities of excellence of the territory to give body and substance to our vision.
Underwater environment and cellar
Our wines are the result of nature, time and pioneering work carried out in collaboration with partners of excellence, visionaries who have looked beyond the surface to dive where the extraordinary reigns.
Each bottle is a unique piece, made even more precious by the application of an exclusive brass seal made by hand with the traditional technique of cantilevering with rod and pointed by the famous Naples Brothers, masters and custodians of the Opera dei Pupi Catanese, proclaimed by Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Deep roots in the territory and an innovative vision aimed at the production of excellent wine: this is the dogma Benanti, a historic company that since 1734 is able to express the uniqueness of every side of Etna, respecting human traditions, secular family and wine-growing.
The great complexity and the marked personality of viticulture on the northern side of Etna.
These are the distinctive features of Passopisciaro, the winery of Vini Franchetti, one of the most enlightened and unconventional producers in the Italian wine scene capable of transmitting a style through winemaking and viticulture, in wines.