Stefano Benini

Export Director

Born in Florence in 1968, Stefano received his degree in Economics and Business from the University of Rome, where he lived until 1993.

He then moved to the United States for five years, where he worked in collaboration with Paterno Imports of Chicago to help increase the distribution of Frescobaldi wines in the American market.   After a brief period in the marketing department of the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley, he assumed the role of Exports Manager for North America.

In 1999, he returned to Florence and directed sales and marketing for a series of markets, including the UK, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, Canada, and Central and South America.  In 2006 Stefano was elected member of the board of the Consorzio del Laudemio, the brand that represents a small number of central Tuscan producers of ultra-high premium extra virgin olive oil, and in 2007 he was appointed Vice President to the Board of Directors of the Compagnia De´ Frescobaldi, the holding company heading the group of Frescobaldi companies. 

Since January of 2008, with the title of Export Director, he is the business manager for Canada, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Continental and Mediterranean Europe, and Central and South America. 

Stefano is a passionate skier and windsurfer.  He is married to Carole De Rham and has three children, Federico, Anna, and Sebastiano.

Estate wines in Tuscany

The Frescobaldi Estates are located in some of the most highly praised and famous areas of Tuscany: Chianti Rufina, Montalcino, Pomino, Colli Fiorentini and Maremma Toscana.
Each estate has an independent production with its own dedicated personnel and agronomists.

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Castello di Nipozzano
Thanks to the perfect balance of altitude, soil and a cool, ventilated microclimate, the different varietals enjoy ideal conditions for perfect growth, and produce wines of harmonious character and great longevity. The vineyard of Mormoreto is the best example of the exclusive marriage of nature and the work of man.
Castello di Pomino
Its vineyards are placed at the highest altitudes in Tuscany, up to 737 metres, and enjoy a fresh and well-ventilated microclimate. Here, in 1855 grape varieties were introduced that were unusual at that time such as Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. After a century and a half, these varieties have found their ideal habitat and produce wines of extraordinary elegance, finesse and minerality.
Castel Giocondo
The vineyards are found at the perfect altitude between 300 and 400 metres with well-drained soils and sunny, favorable southwest exposure. In the vineyards extreme care is given to the vines. High density and low production make a great Brunello of elegant texture and marvelous longevity.
Tenuta di Castiglioni
The fertile and varied soils are composed of both rock and clay, ideal conditions for the cultivation of the elegant Sangiovese, as well as for the robust and vivacious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. All of the vineyards on the estate enjoy a warm and dry microclimate with afternoon breezes that arrive from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia
The estate is located in Magliano in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany, its vineyards painting evocative geometric patterns in the hills leading to the Tyrrhenian coast. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions.
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