Benessere is the Italian word for well-being. We are a small, family-owned, quality producer of Italian varietals, located north of Napa Valley where the soil is well suited for growing grapes.
In 1994 John and Ellen Benish acquired the property, restoring the winery and residence. Their first release was 135 cases of 1995 Sangiovese. Since then they have added other Italian varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Moscato di Canelli, Sagrantino, and Aglianico. We make two proprietary blends, Sorridente (“smiling”), and Phenomenon. Oh, and we produce two awesome Zinfandels.
The property is steeped in local history. Originally a cattle ranch, the land was converted to a thoroughbred horse operation, complete with racetrack. Occasionally we discover horseshoes in the vineyards. The next owner planted most of the 42 acres to grapes and transformed the barn into a wine cellar, leaving old stall doors as a reminder of the past. Local Indian tribes used obsidian from a nearby formation for tools and arrowheads. Our “Black Glass” Zinfandel vineyard is aptly named, as fragments are still found between the rows of vines.
The Benish family chose the name Benessere to convey the unique qualities of the wholesome lifestyle found in their charming corner of the northern Napa Valley. To hear the Italian pronunciation go to http://www.forvo.com/word/Benessere.