Planeta

Planeta's plan of action has been stimulated by the six wineries and the 370 hectares of vineyard which surround them. Patient and careful research, never hurried, looking as much to the past as to the future. Above all with profound links to the oldest winemaking traditions of Sicily and its unparalleled wealth of indigenous grape varieties. The guidelines of the plan are extremely rigorous in this direction; to promote the characteristics of these great vines by cultivating them exclusively in their respective selected areas: Nero d'Avola in Noto or Vittoria; Grecanico in Sambuca and Menfi, Carricante on Etna, and so on.

Another part of the plan lies within the arena where the best wine producers from five continents are judged. Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet; great classics of international winemaking interpreted by a territory that marks them in an unmistakable manner, giving rise to wines that are profoundly Sicilian as much as the great indigenous varieties. Without forgetting the most energetic and almost visionary investigation into varieties and territories which allowed us to achieve a great Fiano for the first time in Sicily.

In 2012, with the goal of furthering its terroir-based approach, Planeta has hired French consultants Florent Dumeau and Xaviér Choné. Both graduates of the authoritative school of enology in Bordeaux, Florent and Xavier consider themselves terroir-oriented enologists, a statement that fits perfectly with Planeta's ideas and work: namely expressing the differences of the various terroirs throughout Sicily.

Menfi, in the southeastern portion of Sicily, is the heart of Planeta and its operational base. Various types of soil are found here, but all are rich in lime and clay, ideal for the international red grape varieties which are transformed into wine at La Dispensa winery – Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

All of the company's activities have a single theme; environmental sustainability. Through the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, through the re-use and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land and the environment are a collective benefit as well as the company's heritage, and it is a duty to make every effort to preserve it.

Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the company and this plan of action, but the whole family is with them, rooted in the reality of Sicilian agriculture for generations. A family and a company which has always given themselves ambitious aims, following the dictate of quality, a rigorous respect for the environment and for social responsibility. From the family properties at Menfi and Sambuca di Sicilia, and then at Vittoria and Noto to the latest acquisitions on Etna, a single Journey, through Sicily and its greatest wines.

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Planeta 'La Segreta' Rosso 2016
“Ruby red with hints of purple in the glass. This wine has an explosion of fresh fruit on the nose (red currant, mulberry, raspberry, cherry and prune) balanced by a zesty spiciness. Vibrant fruit flavors from the Nero d'Avola are nicely balanced by ripe, soft tannins and a refreshing acidity on the
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Planeta 'La Segreta' Rosso 2015
"Ruby colour with purple hues. Aromas of crushed strawberries and spice on the nose with a soft, silky palate, supple tannins and fresh acidity that is rich and concentrated showing a hint of chocolate and a long, elegant finish." ~Tasting Notes

Planeta 'Cometa' Fiano 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Bright dark yellow. Delicate, vibrant aromas of tropical fruits, pear and sweet spices. Then bright and fresh on the palate too, where the pineapple fruit is joined by gingery spices and minerals; boasts very good texture and richness but this wine strikes me as a less opulent and

Planeta Cerasoulo di Vittoria Rosso 2013
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92  "A beautifully balanced,delicious red with fresh-berry and flower aromas and favors. Fine tannins and a bright finish. Lively and pretty."  Wine Advocate 90 "The 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria opens to medium darkness and a pretty shade of ruby red. This is a relatively light

Planeta 'La Segreta' Rosso 2014
"Ruby colour with purple hues. Aromas of crushed strawberries and spice on the nose with a soft, silky palate, supple tannins and fresh acidity that is rich and concentrated showing a hint of chocolate and a long, elegant finish." ~Tasting Notes

Planeta Chardonnay 2011
"Golden yellow with lively green glints. Rich and intense. Aromas of peach, golden apple, white figs, vanilla cream, and meringue mingle with overtones of hazelnut and honey. The wood is shy but well balanced. Soft, round and concentrated on the palate; the fruit flavors are wonderfully balanced by

Planeta 'La Segreta' Rosso 2012
87  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 87 " Aromatic, with smoke, herb and game notes wafting through the flavors of plum skin, grilled mushroom and red licorice. Balanced, offering a moderate finish. Nero d'Avola, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. " ~ AN  " An explosion of fresh fruit on

Planeta 'La Segreta' Rosso 2011
" An explosion of fresh fruit on the nose (red currant, mulberry, raspberry, cherry and prune) balanced by a zesty spiciness. Vibrant fruit flavors from the Nero d’Avola are nicely balanced by ripe, soft tannins and a refreshing acidity. " ~Winery Notes

Planeta Cometa 2006
87  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 87"The 2006 Cometa (Fiano) is a big, full-bodied wine loaded with tropical, honeyed fruit, roasted nuts, minerals, and sweet toasted oak. The wine shows notable volume but ultimately it comes across as heavy and lacking freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2010."

Planeta Santa Cecilia 2005
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "The estate’s 2005 Santa Cecilia (Nero d’Avola ) reveals a lovely core of perfumed ripe red fruits, wild cherries, tobacco, rosemary and sage on an elegant, medium-bodied frame. This delicate, restrained wine offers lovely clarity and precision in an accessible style. Santa

Planeta Merlot 2004
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Empire Wine Best Value Tre Bicchieri Award "The Merlot '04 is all refinement and perfect definition in its small red berry fruits, pencil lead and its firm elegant palate with abundant smooth tannins."  Stephen Tanzer 90 "The color is an intense red with strong ruby hue. The nose is complex,