Planeta encompasses six distinct wine estates across Sicily, each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir. Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy's most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
All of the company’s activities have a single theme; environmental sustainability. Planeta engages in the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, reusing 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 is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
This noble vine is cultivated on just a few hectares in the province of Messina, facing the sea and of historic importance. La Baronia on Capo Milazzo is a spectacular vineyard surrounded by the sea, by ancient olive trees and with views to the Aeolian islands. A marine red wine, with aromas of Mediterranean macchia, myrtle and garrigue.
Soils are of alluvial origin, and are loose, dark, deep and with little structure; they are generally rich in small areas of lime. The vines are still young and so also is the structure of the wine, which remains utterly original.WINEMAKING
Harvesting took place on September 18th. The grapes are gathered by hand into 14kg crates and as soon as they arrive at the winery pass to the sorting table for selection, then for destalking. They ferment in stainless steel and remain on the skins for seven days at 25°C with continual mixing throughout. Racking with soft pressing follows, and the wine thus obtained carries out its malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.TASTING NOTES
Deep and intense ruby red reflections. Aromas of white pepper, geranium and summer fruits, plums and ripe Noto figs. On the palate it is soft and persuasive, the typical style of this ancient Sicilian grape variety and definitely to be experienced. Pairs perfectly with any grilled meat.