|May 27, 2012|
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Planeta Winery presents three wonderful days of events to taste its great wines. Sunday May 27 will wrap up the initiative that started last Sunday May 13. Three days full of extraordinary events with music, wine tasting and artisans en-plein-air dedicated to those who love nature and the good life. More information at http://domenicainvigna.wordpress.com
Sicily, the largest island of the Mediterranean is one of Italy’s most interesting winemaking regions. Sicilian winemaking dates back to the Phoenicians and the ancient Greeks. The island, with its variety of viticultural areas, climate and soil, can be compared to an entire continent.
Only a few decades ago, Sicilian wines were known as bulk wines and sold to enhance the gradation of French and Northern Italian wines. In the last thirty years Sicily has been shaking off its bulk wine reputation with an increasing number of winemakers producing and promoting higher quality wines.
Diego Planeta was one of the first winemakers that understood the necessity of improving Sicilian wines. His awareness of Sicily’s quality wine potential inspired him to become pioneer of Sicilian quality winemaking. In the seventies Diego Planeta became president of “Cantine Settesoli” today one of Europe’s largest and most successful cooperative wineries with 2,300 associates with an annual output of 22 milion bottles.
As President of the Regional Institute of Vine and Wine in Sicily from 1975 to 1982, Diego Planeta promoted public investments in experimental research to improve the Sicilian winemaking process from the vineyard to the bottle. He spent his life-time experience convincing other wine makers to focus their efforts on producing high quality wines.
In 2004 Diego Planeta was confered as “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic in recognition of his “immense contribution to promote the Sicilian wines around the world”. In 2010 Italy issue of Decanter Magazine, Diego Planeta has been named among the Top 10 Most Influential Italians in the wine trade.
Decanter writes: “Diego Planeta has helped put Sicily on the world’s quality wine map. His family wine company led the Sicilian wine revolution, showing how a region whose annual production of grapes was the highest in Europe could improve its wines, market them with style and reach global markets…”
Today Planeta Winery is one of the premier wine estates of Sicily. The company has vineyards and estates in six different areas of Sicily. The Ulmo estate located on the Arancio Lake, near Sambuca, is their first winery and ancestral family home. Wine enthusiasts and not only can visit the estate and tour its vast vineyards, ancient olive groves and the ruins of an ancient Arab Castle.
We have been away for a while. In the meantime, Sicily has not been waiting for us to be in the news. Here is a little catching up with what has happened in the past weeks.
Beginning April 21, Getty Villa guests will be able to view items from the ancient city of Morgantina.
Emanuele Viscuso has brought a slice of Italy to Miami. The founder of the Sicilian International Film Festival, now under way through April 17, visited in 2000 and decided to put down roots.
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a final round 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot, holding off England’s Chris Wood who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 on Sunday April 15.
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in the sea off Italy’s Sicily, sending residents into the streets but with no immediate reports of victims or injuries, officials said on April 13.
Mount Etna erupts not far from Zafferana Etnea village on April 13.
One of Sicily’s most ambitious winemakers, Planeta, has taken on a new challenge by tackling its French competitors head on with its first Brut Classic to be released this year. April 5
Fountains of lava and ash spew out of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, in the early morning of April 1 on the Italian island of Sicily.
A city clerk in Palermo is being investigated over alleged irregularities in the issuing of voting card duplicates. March 30
In one of the most extraordinary discoveries in recent years, an opera that experts say is the long-lost first work by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1834) was found during an archeological dig in Sicily.
The Sicilian mafia pockets more than a third of all the money allocated by the central government in Rome for public services on the island, according to a study to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s 2012 annual conference. March 23
Photo: Castellammare del Golfo (TP) by Joe Zarba
This is what Jo Fernandez writes about Sicily on The Evening Standard and we like to think that the British have a soft spot for Sicily in their heart.
My first thought on arriving in Sicily was who needs the Caribbean? Azure waters, intense heat and cloudless blue skies were all just a two-hour flight away.
We then drove the hour from Palermo airport to Rocco Forte’s five-star Verdura Golf & Spa resort, which opened on the south coast of the island last year, named after the river alongside which it sits.
Italian architect Flavio Albanese took inspiration from Mexico, with the rooms arranged in low-rise, two-storey minimalist blocks in shades of mustard and terracotta, much like the surrounding hills scorched by the sun’s fierce rays.
Sicilian inspiration comes from the mosaics used in the bathrooms, polished concrete floors and romantic white canopied four-poster beds. And from two novels – the Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa and Beautiful Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati, both Sicilian authors.
Outside, the 60-metre, two-tiered pool is the resort centerpiece, surrounded by lush lawn, lofty palm trees and tanned Missoni bikini-clad women.
Further down is the hotel’s beach, with part of it essentially fake, the natural pebbles covered with imported sand. Pebbles would be just fine.
At this point I should mention the golf. Sir Rocco Forte chose golf architect Kyle Phillips (Kingsbarns in Scotland and The Grove in Hertfordshire), to design two championship 18-hole courses and a nine-hole, all set amid olive and orange groves next to the sparkling Med. Not being golfers we weaved around and across the course on bikes provided instead.
Breakfast could keep you going all day: long tables laden with perfect looking cakes, breads and pastries line the walls. Stylish glass carafes contain various juices and milk while waiters fetched frittata with fennel and mint or Sicilian sausages on rustic toast.
Zagara is the most formal restaurant. We nibbled on crudities and bread so soft that you didn’t need butter or olive oil.
An amuse bouche of a silver spoonful of guacamole with anchovy was followed by red mullet with greens and prawns on grilled aubergines for the adults. Our daughter had fried fish (“too salty”) with chips and grilled Mediterranean vegetables followed by Nutella (“yummy”) in a tiny dish flanked by butter biscuits. We preferred peach with puff pastry, star anise, cinnamon and ricotta ice cream.
This food was enticing but we couldn’t keep up – four drinks in the bar alone set us back €50. Seeking something more affordable we snuck away to the beautifully named fishing town of Sciacca, set between Selinunte and Agrigento. We found a medieval town with baroque churches as well as cheap but tasty fish and salad eaten on a clifftop restaurant overlooking the sea.
On our last night we ate fish again in the resort’s most popular restaurant, the Ibiza-style beachside Amare. We glimpsed two-star Michelin chef Fulvio Pierangelini looking like an older Marco Pierre White, dressed in a baggy jumper and trousers with just an apron as if in a country house kitchen cooking for friends.
Suddenly there was a buzz – Sir Rocco Forte himself glided in with a large glamorous entourage. And who could blame him for smiling?
This resort attracts and breeds money with clientele including Calvin Klein and Formula One ace Michael Schumacher. Staying in La Verdura is like gaining temporary access to a cosseted world.
We drove south west along the SS15 autostrada through squares of parched fields, to La Foresteria, a 14-room hotel set atop rolling vineyards reaching to the sea at Porto Palo near Menfi.
Run by the Planeta wine and olive oil producing family, who supply about two million bottles a year (half exported) they entered the world of agritourismo after visitors to their vineyard on the shores of Lake Arancio would ask where they could stay, adding Sicilian cookery courses to the pot. The food was exquisite, each course better than the one before.
Chef Angelo Pulmilia had been recommended by Fulvio Pierangelini, coincidentally.
Sat outside as the sun set we ate seared prawns with celery purée, sedanani pasta with sardines and breadcrumbs, fried saltfish with tomato confit and sweet and sour sauce and, finally, sage ice cream with tiny cubes of pineapple. All perfectly presented and accompanied by Planeta wines including a spicy Syrah.
We just had time on our last day to see the ancient Greek ruins at Selinunte, set high above the sandy beach. One of the most important archaeological sites in Europe holds graceful Doric temples and an acropolis.
Once a prosperous city where the Greeks would have feasted, it seemed a fitting last place to come on this island so rich in history, food and wine.
Win a luxury trip for two to Sicily! Accommodations at two of Sicily’s most sought after destinations courtesy of Planeta Winery / Foresteria and Think Sicily.
Planeta is not just one winery, but many. The exhilarating journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on an estate the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here, three enthusiastic young Sicilians – Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta – began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. The trio spent subsequent years matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international grape varieties. The result? A family of critically-acclaimed wines that demonstrate how brilliance can be attained through the thoughtful marriage between grape variety and terroir.
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Inycon, Menfi and its Wine is a three-day festival dedicated to wine which takes place in Menfi, between Agrigento and Trapani. Sponsored by Settesoli, Europe’s largest wine consortium, the town of Menfi and the Regional Agriculture and Forest Department, the event is this year at its 16th edition.
This territory particularly suited for wine production boasts 4 DOC’s, 7,000 hectares of vineyards and 40% of the Region’s wine export. From Friday to Sunday the town center will host wines and local product tastings.
In Casa Planeta, the wine company of Agrigento, producers will present their wines and Slow Food representatives will organize tasting laboratories, describing history and taste. “We are working – says the mayor of Menfi – to promote the event, which has the distinction of being the oldest in Sicily. We aim to its further development and qualification as well as to promote tourism”.
Every evening at sunset until 10 PM, Menfi’s town square will host shows and concerts. Sunday evening the popular Sicilian Rock Band “Tinturia” will entertain the audience with its contagious rhythm and music ranging from pop, reggae, funk and rap with a pinch of folk.
|May 29, 2011|
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Cantine Aperte Festival (Open Wineries Festival) is the best time to visit wineries in Sicily. Selected winery members of the Movimento Turismo del Vino (Wine Tourism Movement) open their doors to the public offering wine enthusiasts a chance to visit their venues and participate to wine-themed events.
The interest in the event has grown considerably from year to year and has attracted the attention of tourists and residents, eager to participate to this
Tenuta Barone La Lumia
Contrada Pozzillo – 92027 Licata (AG)
Phone/Fax: +39 0922 891709
Cell: +39 348 3102560 / 348 3102563
Web site: www.baronelalumia.it
Azienda Agrituristica Etna Wine
S.S. 120 Km 191+900 – Passopisciaro
95012 Castiglione di Sicilia (CT)
Tel/Fax: +39 095 931548 – +39 0942 983062
Web site: www.etnawineagriturismo.com
Cdr. Cosentini – Via Etnea 9
95020 S. Venerina (CT)
Tel: +39 095 958281 – Fax: +39 095 605162
Web site: www.vinicosentini.it
Via Luigi Capuana sn.
95039 Trecastagni (CT)
Tel: +39 095 7806767 – Fax: +39 095 7808837
Web site: www.cantinenicosia.it
Azienda Vinicola Benanti
Via Garibaldi, 361
95029 Viagrande (CT)
Tel: +39 095 7893438 – Fax: +39 095 7893677
Web site: www.vinicolabenanti.it
Cantina Barone Gandolfo di San Giuseppe
Az. Agr. Laganelli – Strada San Domenico, 5
Tel: +39 334 317892
Baglio di Pianetto s.r.l.
Via Francia, sn – Contrada Pianetto
90030 Santa Cristina Gela (PA)
Tel: +39 091 8570002 – Fax: +39 091 8570015
Web site: www.stilesiciliano.com
Marchesi De Gregorio
90046 Monreale (PA) (vicino Alcamo)
Autostrada A29 – dir. Mazara del Vallo
svincolo Gallitello (Km. 64,5) proseguire sulla S.S. 119
dir. Alcamo, imboccare al Km. 13 Bivio Contrada Sirignano
Tel: +39 091 7816870 - Fax: +39 091 6123769 Cell: +39 347 9782640
Web site: www.marchesidegregorio.it
C.da Portella Misilbesi
92017 Sambuca di Sicilia (AG)
Tel: +39 0925 579000 – Fax: +39 0925 31540
Web site: www.feudoarancio.it
Tenuta Scilio di Valle Galfina
Contrada Arrigo – S.P. Linguaglossa Zafferana Km 2
95015 Linguaglossa (CT)
Tel: +39 095 932822 - Cell: +39 348 8629754
Web site: www.scilio.com
Cantine Don Saro S.r.l.
95015 Linguaglossa (CT)
Tel: +39 095 386245 – Fax: +39 095 373767
Cell: +39 331 7899258 – +39 336 235290
Web site: www.donsaro.com
Tenuta di Fessina
Contrada Rovitello, Via Nazionale S.S 120 n. 22
95012 Castiglione di Sicilia (CT)
Cell: +39 335 7220021 – +39 348 0115329
S.S. 117 bis Km 60 – C.da Ghigliotto
94015 Piazza Armerina (EN)
Tel: +39 0933 970898 – 979092
Fax: +39 0933 970898 – 979234
Web site: www.gigliottotenute.com
Feudo Principi di Butera
Contrada Deliella – 93011 Butera (CL)
Tel: +39 0934 347726 – 346766
Fax: +39 0934 347851
Web site: www.feudobutera.it
Azienda Agricola Planeta
C.da Ulmo – 92017 Sambuca di Sicilia (AG)
Tel: +39 091 327965 – Fax: +39 091 6124335
Web site: www.planeta.it
Via S. Lipari 18 – 91025 Marsala (TP)
Necessaria la prenotazione
Tel: +39 0923 724206
Web site: www.donnafugata.it
Via Vincenzo Florio, 1
91025 Marsala (TP)
Tel: +39 0923 781305/306 – 091 781111
Web site: www.cantineflorio.it
Azienda Agricola Pupillo
Contrada Targia – 96100 Siracusa
indicazione per il navigatore satellitare “Casa Targia”
Tel: +39 0931 494029 Cell: 339 5700843
Fax: +39 0931 490498
Web site: www.pupillowines.com
For more information on the wineries participating to the event, visit:
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|May 22, 2011|
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|May 29, 2011|
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Sunday in the Vineyard – a wine and nature festival organized by Planeta Winery – is taking place at the Ulmo Winery in Sambuca di Sicilia (Agrigento). Planeta will open its doors to wine and nature lovers for a lovely day in the countryside.
Visitors will be treated for three consecutive Sundays with gourmet food, fine wines, music, art and wine and olive oil tastings. If they like, they could adventure through one of the hiking trails of the Segreta woods, which gives its name to one of Planeta’s best known wines.
An interesting visit to a photo exhibition showcases the vineyard phases through the harvest. The small Farmer Market sells organic products. On Sunday May 22 and 29, Cronachedigusto together with Planeta Winery sponsor workshops such as The Art of Making Ice Cream and The Art of Storing Fish.
Conviviality, discovery of the territory and a close relationship with nature are the winning factors of Domenica in Vigna.
It was in the fall of 1999 at VinoVip, an important forum for the Italian wine industry, held that year in Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the Italian Alps. The event included a memorable tasting for several hundred guests held at a lodge on Monte Faloria, about 2,000 metres above sea level.
Most of Italy’s prestigious producers were there to present their wines. Among them was a dynamic but as yet little-known Sicilian winery, Planeta.
At the time, Sicily was still generally viewed as backward, known principally for producing the fortified wines of Marsala, by then in serious decline. Planeta was a leading force in laying out a dramatic new direction for Sicilian winemaking.
In 1985, the Planeta family started experimenting with both indigenous and international grape varieties at their Ulmo vineyard on the shores of Lake Arancio in western Sicily. Using modern methods of viticulture and vinification, they were soon achieving spectacular results.
Planeta La Segreta Bianco 2009, IGT Sicilia, 13 per cent, $19.19, Cristall & Luckett, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford: This very drinkable, well-balanced white is a blend of 50 per cent Grecanico, 30 per cent Chardonnay, 10 per cent Viognier and 10 per cent Fiano. It shows stone fruit with tropical and citrus notes and is full-flavoured yet refreshingly light on the palate. Serve as an aperitif or with Mediterranean-style seafood and pasta dishes.
Montalto Nero d’Avola Cabernet Sauvignon, IGT Sicilia, 2009, 14 per cent, $11.79, NSLC general list. Restrained dark fruit on the nose with dark plum and berry flavours delivered in an attractively velvet texture with supple tannins and good natural acidity.
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SicilyGuide covers plenty of wine news. We have introduced the first Sicilian DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria by Planeta. It looks we have covered Planeta a lot in the past. We are found of this winery and obviously we are not the only ones…
Will Lyons at WSJ.com writes:
Planeta is one of a handful of Sicilian producers such as Firriato, Morgante and Spadafora that are putting this small, mountainous island back on the wine-producing map. I was impressed by their Chardonnay and Merlot, which had notes of oregano and stewed fruit. They also produce a spicy, complex white wine made from the Fiano grape.
This is an article that came out a while ago at Wineanorak.com, but worthy mentioning:
[...] Sicily is only just beginning to establish a reputation for fine wines. Planeta is one of the most significant producers in this regard: a large, modern producer with a good reputation internationally for its wines, with wineries in Sambuca, Menfi (two), Vittoria and Noto, and a new project in Mount Etna. Altogether, Planeta now have an impressive 390 hectares of vines.
We truly believe that Sicilian wines and Planeta have played and still plays an active role in the promotion of the island. For long vilified and just used for fortified wines, they gained their place in the wine world stage forcefully, but with merit. We will never stop reminding people how good these wines are and how much they have helped Sicilians with their confidence.