Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.

100% Chardonnay

The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, full of surprises and successes, today the Planeta Chardonnay is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vines of Ulmo and Maroccoli, from which it is produced, are unique for their aspect and terroir. The fermentation and aging in French wood, carefully and precisely judged, delivers a wine unique for its grace and power.


1995 "February 2009": 92/100

1996 - Vini D'Italia 1999 - Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri"Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 93 pt.

1997 -Duemilavini 1999 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" - Concorso Chardonnay du Monde: "Gold Medal" - International Wine Challenge 1999: Bronze Medal

1998 - Wine Spectator 2000 Top 100: "TOP 100,R: 96, 91 pt. " Vini d'Italia 2000 - Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri"

1999 - Wine Spectator 2001, Top 100:"TOP 100 R: 30°, 93 pt. Vini d'Italia 2001 - Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri"

2000 - Wine Spectator 2002 TOP 100 : "Top 100, R: 19°, 94 pt." Vini d'Italia 2002 - Gambero Rosso: " Tre Bicchieri" Duemilavini 2002 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli"

2001 - Duemilavini 2003- AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" Robert Parker di Wine Advocate: "Score: 91 pt." Vini d'Italia 2003 -L'eccellenza: "I Fuoriclasse" Wine Spectator luglio 2003: "Score 91 pt."2003: "Score  91 pt."

2002 - Duemilavini 2004 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" I Vini di Veronelli 2004: "Tre Stelle" Guida ai Vini Intelligenti - Gambero Rosso: "Vini Intelligenti" Copertina giugno 2004 -Wine Spectator 2004: "18 Top Italian Whites" Vini d'Italia 2004: L'eccellenza:"I Fuoriclasse" Wine Spectator marzo 2004: Score 92 pt."

2003 -Duemilavini 2005 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli"Guida ai Vini Intelligenti 2005 , Gambero Rosso Editore : "Vini Intelligenti" Gambero Rosso 2005: "88 pt."

2004 -DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 5 Grappoli Chardonnay Du Monde 2006: Bronze Medal. Wine Spectator -May 2006-New Releases:Italy 90 pt.Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 92 pt. Chardonnay Du Monde 2007:Medal Silver.

2005 - Bibenda Duemilavini edizione 2007: 5 Grappoli.Annuario dei migliori vini Italiani 2007 di Luca Maroni: 85 pt. Chardonnay du Monde 2007: Medal Bronze.Quarterly Review of Wines 2007:Chardonnay 2005: Outsanding.. Wine Spectator:Highly Recommended 93 Points.Wine Spectator: Top 100: pt.93.Wine Spectator Dec.15,2007-About the Buying Guide: pt.93.Wine Spectator_Jan./Feb.2008:The 2007 Compendium:93 pt.

2006 - Gran Jury Europèen (GJE) "Degustation de Vins blancs Italiens": 3rd among italian wines: pt 86 - This Issue's Reviews "December 2007 Issue": 91 pt - India Wine Challenge 2008: Bronze Medal - Wine Enthusiast (Buying Guide): 91 pt - Stephen's Tanzers International Wine Cellar 2008: 90 points - Wine Spectator "November 2008: 92 pt

2007 - Duemilavini 2009 (AIS-Bibenda): Cinque Grappoli - Chardonnay du Monde: Bronze Medal - Wine Spectator "May 2009": 90 pt - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: Commended - Falstaff "Sept/Oct 2009": 92 pt - Decanter "Italy Issues": 5 stars review - Robert Parker "April 2009": 89 pt - Wine Talk "January 2010": Top 25 Value Winery - "February 2009": 90/100

2008 - 17° Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: Silver Medal - Duemilavini 2011 (AIS Bibenda): 5 grappoli -

2009 -Associazione Italiana Sommelier/Bibenda, guide Duemilavini 2012 - "5 grapes"
Decanter - Regional Trophy, White Southern Italy over £10

2010 -Chardonnay du Monde 2012 - Gold Medal, Planeta - Chardonnay 2010
Tre Bicchieri, guida ai Vini d'Italia 2013 - Gambero Rosso Editore: Chardonnay 2010



Above sea level



20° - 24°Average temperature


Farming system

Vertical trellis; bilateral Guyot and spur pruned cordon

Planting density

4.500/5.000 plants per hectare



Cloudiness 20%
Humidity 65%
Wind 3.1mh →

First Vintage


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  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • Climate:
    Particularly cool harvest period.
  • Climate:
    A harvest with dual results after a particularly cool August.
  • Climate:
    Hot August.
  • Climate:
    The cycle of hot dry harvests begins.
  • Climate:
    A vintage distinguished by dry winter and spring with very hot August. White wines are hot.
  • Climate:
    Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideally bright hot July and August.
  • Climate:
    A cooler summer (as in 2004) provided very good fruity full white wines for slow maturation.
  • Climate:
    Winter and spring with very little rain. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy. Better white than red wines.
  • Climate:
    More rain than usual refreshed some of the harvest, resulting in whites with great fruit and structure.
  • Climate:
    Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites.
  • Climate:
    Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
  • Climate:
    A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage . The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes. The 2006 vintage has been excellent with regard to the quality of the grapes. The grapes are sound, the yield generally about 10% down.This vintage can be described as luminous and sunny. The whites are rich, creamy, and well-defined by type of grape.
  • Climate:
    A brief description of the weather preceding the 2007 harvest is essential. We were cheered in 2006 by an autumn finishing with good October rain that prepared the vines well for their autumn and winter rest. A relatively mild winter followed with temperatures that were never very low and a lower than average rainfall. A weather pattern that coincided with the rest of Italy, with the difference that mild winters are the norm in our area. This winter did make us fear for the summer reserves of water, but then in spring an unusually plentiful rainfall covered the whole of our region until the beginning of May. This is why in Sicily we had no expectations of an early vintage but, until mid-July, we were thinking rather of a late vintage. From July onwards, the most important time for deciding quality, the weather was particularly propitious. After two short but intense heatwaves, typical for the period from 20th July to 15th August, it stayed fine, temperatures stabilized, and persistent high pressure presented us with a vintage with no rainfall the first slight shower arrived on 25th September! and with amazing maturation. For those who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
  • Climate:
    The 2008 vintage ended on Saturday, 4th October. Late in autumn and during winter 2008, rains were just below standard; temperatures, instead, were within seasonal average. Spring confirmed what had happened previously, no abundant rains; the last one, at the end of April, was decisive for the quality of grapes. Therefore, grapes had a fresh and dry climate all the way to the harvesting, without any excessive heat, but with ideal temperatures for ripening. grapes were absolutely wholesome, and did not need to undergo any phytosanitary defence interventions. The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. White wines thanks to the lack of thermal excesses are full-bodied and well balanced and perfectly aromatic. Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
  • Climate:
    The climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Around 20th September rain assisted the harvest at Vittoria. On the other hand the beginning of summer on Etna was fairly dry but the rains at the end of September were useful and prolonged the harvest until 21st October. Might 2010 be one of the best vintages out of the previous ten? It is early to say but it is certainly a super vintage.
  • Climate:
    We began on 16th August and finished on 21st October, 66 days of almost uninterrupted harvesting. The climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Western Sicily: Menfi and Sambuca. A fine consistent harvest, thanks to an almost perfect summer and autumn. The healthiest grapes and the amount produced in line with recent years. The whites, thanks to a cool July and first half of August, are very well balanced and with exciting aromatic profiles, particularly the early varieties such as Chardonnay and Viognier. The harvest at Sambuca di Sicilia was completed on 28th September with the Grecanico which offers elegance and balance.
  • Climate:
    The climatic indicators of 2011 had forecast, on a global level, a classic winter with precipitations below average, which after the last few winters with their copious rainfalls had us a little worried. But then in the spring the situation changed; copious rain fell even relatively late in the season and prepared the vineyards to perfection. The summer was hot without being excessively so, and the grapes were able to ripen without a flaw.
  • Menfi e Sambuca
    The harvest here registered a sharp drop in production of the early varieties such as Chardonnay and Viognier, an amazing quality especially for Nero d'Avola and Syrah as well as Cabernet Franc, which are rich and varietal with an excellent tannic structure. The harvest was completed with the harvest of Grecanico, a variety that prefers drier weather. For this reason, the grapes are fully intact thanks to a climate free of moisture.
  • Menfi e Sambuca
    Beautiful white wines, produced by a cool and bright July and August. A richer Chardonnay without more alcohol. A super-aromatic Fiano and average Grecanico. The reds, Merlot and Cabernet, benefitted from a cooler harvest with a thick dense tannin structure, thanks to extended ripening. Syrah prefers a dry September and is rather less than excellent. Nero d’Avola is fresh and fruity as rarely before.

Time of Harvest





After destalking, soft pressing and static sedimentation at a low temperature, fermentation in barrique at 18⁰C, maturation of 11 months with bâtonnage carried out every 10 days


Alcohol Content



Aging Capacity

8-10 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
Single-variety Chardonnay whose characteristics which have made it so famous which here emerge very clearly. Starting from the richness of its deep clear golden but transparent colour one imagines the pleasing contrast of creaminess and crispness in the taste.
It is indeed a soft white wine underlaid by a refreshing acid vein which accompanies each mouthful.
A slight mineral suggestion combines harmoniously with the flavour of ripe yellow peaches, acacia honey and marzipan and with some peaty, cereal and toasted aromas which precede the powerful balanced finish.
For a change, try it with some just seared foie gras or with roast veal and mushroom sauce.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen

Wheel of scabbard fish with herbs


4 scabbard fish fillets

(200 g / 7 oz. each)

500 g / 1 lb. oz.


50 g / 1 3/4 oz. parsley

20 g / 3/4 oz. mint leaves

20 g / 3/4 oz. thyme

20 g / 3/4 oz. marjoram

20 g / 3/4 oz. fresh


lemon zest

400 ml / 13 1/2 fl. oz.

extra-virgin olive oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste



To make the coating, combine the minced aromatic herbs, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Marinate the scabbard fish in a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil. Coat the fillets with the bread crumb mixture and roll

them loosely. In a well-greased baking dish, arrange them snugly in a wheel shape. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for about 15 minutes.



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100% Chardonnay
Cometa a
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Fiano
Burdese a
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70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot a
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100% Merlot
Maroccoli Syrah a
Sicilia I.G.T.
100% Syrah
Alastro a
Sicilia D.O.C.
70% Grecanico 15% Grillo 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Plumbago a
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola
La Segreta Il Bianco
La Segreta aIl Bianco
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50% Grecanico 30% Chardonnay 10% Viognier 10% Fiano
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La Segreta aIl Rosso
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50% Nero d’Avola 25% Merlot 20% Syrah 5% Cabernet Franc
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Rosè a
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah


Dorilli a
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico D.O.C.G.
70% Nero d’Avola 30% Frappato
Cerasuolo di Vittoria
Cerasuolo di Vittoria a
Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G.
60% Nero d’Avola 40% Frappato
Frappato a
Vittoria D.O.C.
100% Frappato


Santa Cecilia a
Noto D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola
Moscato di Noto a
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Moscato Bianco
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Passito di Noto a
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Moscato Bianco
Noto Nero d'Avola
Noto Nero d’Avola a
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola


Eruzione 1614 Carricante a
Sicilia D.O.C.
90% Carricante 10% Riesling
Eruzione 1614 Riesling 2014 a
Terre Siciliane I.G.T.
100% Riesling
Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese a
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Brut Metodo Classico a
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Etna Bianco a
Etna D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Etna Rosso a
Etna D.O.C.
100% Nerello Mascalese


Mamertino a
Mamertino D.O.C.
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Nocera
Nocera a
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Nocera

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