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Stefano Benini

Export Director

Phone: +39 (348) 653-1719 E-mail:

Born in Florence in April 1968, he represents the 30th generation of the Frescobaldi family. After a degree in “Business and Administration” at Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza” with a thesis “The Total Quality System of the Wine Industry”, he has moved to Chicago in 1994, then New York in 1995 to start working in the family business as US Sales Manager, in support of Frescobaldi’s US importer at the time Paterno Imports. In spring of 1996, after the establishment of the first Italian-American partnership in the wine business, Luce della Vite, between the Frescobaldi and the Mondavi families, Stefano lived 8 months in Napa Valley as Associate Sales & Marketing Manager at Robert Mondavi Winery.

In 1997, based in San Francisco, he became North America Area Manager, with specific focus over US and Canada for Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi; during his free time he was often seen windsurfing, under the Golden Gate Bridge: one of his great passions. 1999, coming back to Italy, as Export Manager, the responsibilities for sales and marketing were expanded to United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Caribbean, Latin America and Be-Ne-Lux. 

In 2006 Stefano was elected member of the board of the Consorzio del Laudemio, the brand that represents a small number of central Tuscan prestigious producers of ultra-high premium extra virgin olive oil; in 2007 he was appointed Vice President to the Board of Directors of the Compagnia de´ Frescobaldi, the holding company that oversee the results of the Operative Company “Marchesi de Frescobaldi società Agricola”.

Since January of 2006, with the title of Export Director, he is the business manager for Canada, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Continental and Mediterranean Europe, and Central and South America, looking after the brands Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Attems, Luce della Vite & Danzante. At the same time he was made responsible for sales and marketing of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in Canada. In June 2013 he was appointed Member of the Board Directors of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Società Agricola. From January 2014, the strategic area of Asia-Pacific was added to his Territory of responsibilities.

Stefano is married to Carole de Rham, and they have three children, Federico (2005), Sebastiano & Anna (2007), to whom he dedicates his free time. A part from windsurfing he is an avid mountain skier and he has a great passion for rock music and football. Supporter of AC Fiorentina, he will never leave for a trip without his Pink Floyd, Genesis & Led Zeppelin’s collection.

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.
Discover our wines throughout Tuscany and its DOC regions