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It was early days for the Planeta family when they first visited Enotria – this Sicilian winery may be a byword for innovation and knowing the market now, but at that time in the mid-1990s they didn’t even have a label for their wine.

What they did have was a vision that has played a key role in revolutionising the image and quality of Sicilian wines, founded on an unrivalled knowledge of the land forged by many years as grape growers.

When the change was made in the 1990s, expertise came from a source that is as surprising as it is illustrative of the breadth of the Planeta vision: Australia. The winemaker brought in by Diego Planeta was an Italian – Carlo Corino – but one who had learned the latest warm-climate winemaking secrets in Mudgee, New South Wales. Planeta’s wines have captured the intrinsic perfume and fresh flavours of Sicily’s grapes ever since.

This – at the time – unconventional approach extended to the winemaking, with Planeta establishing a cult following for its barrel-aged Chardonnay at a time when most Italian white wines were typically consumed straight out of the fermenter.

That early success gave Planeta the credibility to open the world’s eyes to the charms of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.

The ever-dynamic Planeta continue to move their inspirational projects forward. They have launched a wine made with grapes grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, began an environmental project called Planeta Terra, and opened a resort hotel, La Foresteria, in Menfi. Nothing stands still for Planeta!

Other wines by this producer

  1. NV Brut Metodo Classico Planeta

    NV Brut Metodo Classico Planeta


    Pale yellow in colour with shades of sea green. Shows distinct aromas of "muscaredda", a variety of white prickly pear, white flowers and green grass. Vibrant and lean on the palate. Mt. Etna in full eruption.

  2. 2010 Santa Cecilia, Planeta

    2010 Santa Cecilia, Planeta


    Deep and rich in colour, almost opaque with an intense nose of spice, chocolate and plums. On the palate the wine is well balanced with ripe, spicy fruit and a savoury character. The finish is long and elegant.

  3. 2010 Santa Cecilia, Nero d'Avola, Planeta

    Deep and rich in colour, almost opaque with an intense nose of spice, chocolate and plums. On the palate the wine is well balanced with ripe, spicy fruit and a savoury character. The finish is long and elegant.

  4. 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta

    Light ruby colour with a pink and purple hue. Intense fruity bouquet with notes of strawberries, cherries, dry fig and raisins. Palate offers nice tannins followed by a pleasant acidity and round full mouthfeel.

  5. 2013 Plumbago Nero d'Avola, Planeta

    Abundance of red fruits like plum aromas, ripe blackberry typical of western Sicily Nero d’Avola blended with scents of cocoa, and almost Sacher cake. Soft tannins and roundness characterize the wine.

  6. 2014 La Segreta Rosso, Planeta

    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.

  7. 2012 Eruzione Rosso 1614 Nerello Mascalese Planeta

    Pale bright ruby-red in colour.
    It shows aromas of red fruit preserved in alcohol, roses, oriental spices and beeswax.
    Tannins typical of Nerello slightly softened by the aging in wood.

  8. 2014 La Segreta Bianco, Planeta

    2014 La Segreta Bianco, Planeta


    Vibrant and aromatic with notes of citrus fruits, lychee, pineapple and peach complemented by hints of minerals, herbs and mint. Full and dry, smooth and supple with balancing acidity and a long, minty finish.

  9. 2013 Chardonnay, Planeta

    2013 Chardonnay, Planeta


    Golden yellow with greenish hue. On the nose it comes across very intense, with citrus fruit flavours, chestnut, honey and a spicy complexity.

  10. 2014 Etna Bianco DOCG, Planeta

    2014 Etna Bianco DOCG, Planeta


    Pale yellow with green highlights. Aromas of white fruits, yellow plum, herbal notes.
    The small percentage of wine fermented in wood softens the refreshing acidity typical of the Carricante and add complexity to the mineral character of this volcanic wine.

  11. 2010 Syrah, Maroccoli Planeta

    Ruby red to deep purple tones. Intense and persistent on the nose with notes of black fruits like cherry and blackberry; chocolate, leather and spices integrated with creamy vanilla and nut coming from the wood. On the palate the wine is full bodied, velvety and warm. Ending with soft and sweet tannins and with a long sumptuous finish.

  12. 2013 Passito di Noto, Planeta

    2013 Passito di Noto, Planeta


    Engagingly fresh and succulent on the nose, exhibiting classic floral and grapey aromas. The palate is medium bodied, sweet and sensuous with fine flavours of ripe apricot, honey and melon with good balancing acidity and a crisp, mouthfilling finish.

  13. 2014 Planeta Frappato, DOC Vittoria

    Ruby red withvolet hints. Typical aromas of rose, citrus and red fruit. A soft and full palte bursting with red fruit and a hint of balsamic.

  14. 2014 Planeta Rosé IGT Sicilia, Planeta

    Inspired by a pink Sicilian sunset, this wine has a light and attractive nose with notes of rose petals, pomegranate and strawberries. On the palate, the wine is silky smooth, light and fresh with no angularity and a beautiful finish.

  15. 2014 Eruzione Bianco 1614 Carricante Planeta

    The pale gold color does not reflect the bountiful nose of ripe fruit and aromatic white flowers that magically transport you to the slopes of Mt. Etna. The soft and concentrated palate exhibits flavors of lemon zest and green apple with mineral notes that result in a lengthy finish. It pairs perfectly with seafood based appetizers and fish dishes

  16. 2011 Merlot Sito dell'Ulmo, Planeta

    Immediate bilberry notes followed by floral bouquet, vanilla and toasty finish on the nose. The palate shows a lovely texture and velvety richness in the mouth, it is well supported by acidity and creamy, elegant tannins. Very persistent with a fresh and pleasant length.

  17. 2014 Cometa Planeta

    2014 Cometa Planeta


    Deep straw yellow in colour with a green hue. Intense and full of character, with integrated aromatic notes of citrus and tropical fruit, white peach, pink grapefruit and wisteria. On the palate it has plenty of character with elegantly mineral elements. The acidity is well integrated with the fruit, making for a harmonious whole which is without a doubt one of the finest examples of this variety to be found anywhere on the planet.

  18. 2013 Dorilli Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta

    Ruby red, aroma of black cherry, strawberry,chestnut honey and prickly pear.The palate is soft with a hint of tannin.

  19. 2013 Nero d'Avola Nocera, Planeta
  20. 2014 Etna Rosso DOC, Planeta

    2014 Etna Rosso DOC, Planeta


    A soft red wine with flesh and structure. Characteristic of the area the notes of plums, raspberries and green tomato leaves.

  21. 2014 Alastro Bianco, Planeta

    2014 Alastro Bianco, Planeta


    Pale straw with hints of green reflections.
    This is an austere and polite wine with aromas of ripe white melon and white peach Etna, followed by sweet, almost white chocolate and meringue flavours and hints of minerality.
    The palate is thin and unexpectedly soft. A nice acidity enhances the freshness. Floral notes on the finish.

  22. 2013 Chardonnay, Planeta

    2013 Chardonnay, Planeta

  23. 2014 Moscato Bianco Secco Planeta
  24. 2010 Burdese, Planeta

    2010 Burdese, Planeta


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