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.