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Stefano Benini

Stefano Benini, Export Director

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.

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Stefano Benini, Export Director

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 the North America Area Manager, with specific focus over the 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 the 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 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 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 Frescobaldi Società Agricola.

By January 2014, the strategic area of Asia-Pacific was added to his Territory of responsibilities.

Most recently, in October 2018 the US market was added to his territory of Responsibilities for the brands Frescobaldi and Danzante.

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

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