Mr. Antonio Bennati was born in the year 1870 in Cazzano di Tramigna, a few kilometres from the celebrated town of Soave near Verona. At the end of the 19th century Mr Antonio began to produce and sell wine, above all locally, with the famous straw flasks. Antonio was also nicknamed “Toni Recioto” from the homonym Verona sweet straw wine, as the winemaking of the more renowned Amarone had not been discovered yet. It was in 1920 that his son Annibale Bennati registered the company with the name Cantine Bennati (Bennati Wineries). The purchase of some hectares north of Cazzano took place in those years. This area was already denominated in topographic maps of that time “Cornalè”, which is a current range of wines of the Bennati family. After the second world war, with the entry in the company of the young sons Ezio and Aldo, the winemaking expanded reaching all the most important varieties of Verona wines.
Abruzzo lies in the calf of the Italian boot south of the Marche. It is a rough and mountainous area that only accommodates a small two percent of the Italian population. The sparsely populated Abruzzo is, however, all the more rich in natural beauty. As many as four national nature parks are home to a unique variety of geology, flora and fauna as part of the Apennines. Add to that the picturesque, forgotten mountain villages and you are in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.
Fortunately, in addition to all that natural beauty, there is still plenty of room for vineyards. For a long time, mainly massines were produced here, from supermarket wines to bulk wines, which in turn were used for the production of vermouth. In the meantime, as in many other wine regions, this has changed, many quality investments have been made and Abruzzo is rightly on the map as a wine region.
(Source: Cantine Bennati Italy)