About Us

Etna Wine School delivers expert consulting & educational services
for wineries, wine-trade professionals, and gastronomic students

Etna Wine School | Benjamin Spencer
Benjamin Spencer DipWSET
The New Wines of Mount Etna | Benjamin North Spencer
The New Wines of Mount Etna

Our Story

The Etna Wine School was founded in 2011 out of curiosity and a profound affinity for Mount Etna's unique volcanic wines.

Since then, our connection to the Etna community and Etna wine lovers from around the world has grown exponentially.

In 2020, The New Wines of Mount Etna was published and we launched our online courses for distance learners who cannot travel to the volcano.

Benjamin Spencer is the Director of  Etna Wine School and author of The New Wines of Mount Etna. In addition to holding a Diploma from the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Ben is a journalist, wine judge, and a professional winemaker with  two decades of experience working with artisan and internationally traded wine brands in California and Italy.

Meet Your Online Instructors

Benjamin Spencer

Benjamin Spencer DipWSET

Director of Etna Wine School

Etna Wine School | Benedetto Alessandro

Benedetto Alessandro

Etna Wine School | Irene Badalà

Irene Badalà

Etna Wine School | Antonio Benanti

Antonio Benanti

Etna Wine School | Pierluca Beneventano

Pierluca Beneventano

Etna Wine School | Alfonso Caltagirone

Alfonso Caltagirone

Etna Wine School | Valeria Agosta

Valeria Agosta Costanzo

Etna Wine School | Michele Faro

Michele Faro

Etna Wine School | Giovanni Ferlito

Giovanni Ferlito

Sommelier & Wine Director
Ritz Carlton, London

Etna Wine School | Francesco Ferreri

Francesco Fererri

Communications & Marketing
Donnafugata Winery

Etna Wine School | Guglielmo Fiorista

Guglielmo Fiorista

Owner & Nature Guide
Etna Unlimited

Etna Wine School | Lorenzo Fisauli

Lorenzo Fisauli

Etna Wine School | Salvatore Giammanco

Salvatore Giammanco

Etna Wine School | Pucci Giuffrida

Pucci Giuffrida

Etna Wine School | Salvo Rizzuto

Salvatore Rizzuto

Etna Wine School | Alberto Graci

Alberto Aiello Graci

Etna Wine School | Mariarita Grasso

Mariarita Grasso

Owner & Manager
Filippo Grasso Winery

Etna Wine School | Sebastiano Licciardello

Sebastiano Licciardello

Etna Wine School | Federico Lombardo

Federico Lombardo

Etna Wine School | Jacopo Maniaci

Jacopo Maniaci

Etna Wine School | Giulia Monteleone

Giulia Monteleone

Etna Wine School | Marco Nicolosi-Asmundo

Marco Nicolosi

Etna Wine School | Matteo Pappalardo

Matteo Papalardo

Vineyard Manager
Irene Badalà Winery

Etna Wine School | Letizia Patane

Letizia Patane

Etna Wine School | Roberto Reina

Roberto Reina

Nature Guide
Etna Unlimited

Etna Wine School | Sonia Spadaro Mulone

Sonia Spadaro Mulone

Etna Wine School | Salvatore Spampinato

Salvatore Spampinato

Manager & Cellar Master
Terra Costantino Winery

Join Our Community of Etna Ambassadors

Etna Wine School is the only place to learn about Etna wines online.
We offer a la carte and certificate courses for wine enthusiasts and trade professionals.