Santa Cecilia

Santa Cecilia

Noto D.O.C.

100% Nero d’Avola

Santa Cecilia is our highlight from the most important Sicilian grape variety, Nero d’Avola. Our long research into finding the best place to produce a great wine from this grape brought us to Noto, where the DOC Noto insists that the variety originates, at the southern extremity of Sicily. With its white soils and its ancient vines this is the epicentre of cultivation for Nero d’Avola. Santa Cecilia is an expression of elegance, power, balance and eminence of the unique aromas of Sicily, and today is the reference point for red wines produced from indigenous Sicilian grapes. Its name derives from that of our family: Planeta di Santa Cecilia.


1997 -Duemilavini 1999 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" Vini d'Italia 1999 - Gambero Rosso & Slow Food Editori: "Tre Bicchieri"Grove Falstaff -Degustation Sizilien 2006: 93 pt. - International Wine Challenge: Bronze Medal

1998 -IWC Wine Challenge 2001 - Wine International: "Gold Medal"

1999 - Wine Enthusiast magazine maggio 2002: "Best Buys"

2001 -I Vitigni Autoctoni del Gambero Rosso 2004: Etichetta - Wine Spectator March 2004: 88 pt - "February 2009": 91/100

2002 - Decanter -the world's best wine magazine: 15 pt. Wine Enthusiast - 86 points - Issue dated July, 2005. Decanter World wine awards 2005: Bronze award. I Migliori 300 vini testati da Euposia nel 2004 e 2005 - 90 points - "February 2009": 87/100

2003 - Decanter Fine Wine Encounter: 4 stars DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 4 Grappoli. I Vini Buoni D'Italia 2006: 4 Stars. Decanter World Wine Awards 2006: SILVER. Wine Spectator -May 2006-New Releases:Italy 85 pt.Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 90 pt.Wine Enthusiast July 2006 Buying Guide 92pt.

2004 -Vini Buoni D'Italia 2007: Assegnazione della Corona.Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 92 pt.Quarterly Review of Wines 2007:Santa Cecilia 2004: Outstanding..Wine Spectator Dec.15,2007-About the Buying Guide: pt.86. Wine Spectator_Jan./Feb.2008:The 2007 Compendium:86 pt.

2005 - This Issue's Reviews "December 2007 Issue": 93 pt - Wine Spectator "June 2008": 86 pt - Decanter Buyng Guide Sicilian Reds: Highly recommended: 4 STAR WINES - "February 2009": 89/100

2006 -Guida Vini d'Italia 2009 (Gambero Rosso e Slow Food Editore): Three Glasses - Vini Bouni d'Italia (Touring Club): 4 stars - I Vini Veronelli 2009 (Veronelli Editore): 3 stars - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: Bronze Medal - Wine Spectator "September 2008": 90 pt - Stephen Tanzer's "July/August 2008": 90 pt - Robert Parker "April 2009": 90 pt - Falstaff "Sept/Oct 2009": 91 pt - "February 2009": 91/100 - 1st China Wine Challange: Bronze Medal

2007 "February 2009": 90/100 - Wine Enthusiast "April 2010": 92 pt - 17° Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: 83.89 pt - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010: Silver Medal

2008 - Decanter, World Wine Awards 2012 - Silver Medal

2010 - Wine guide Vini d'Italia 2014 - Gambero Rosso Editore: TRE BICCHIERI




Above sea level



21°Average temperature


Farming system

Spurred cordon

Planting density

5.000 vines/hectare



Cloudiness 76%
Humidity 85%
Wind 0.76mh ↗

First Vintage


See vintages

  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • Climate
    Hot August and cool September with some rain followed a winter with little rain.
  • Climate
    Cycle of warm harvests begins with hot dry weather from beginning to end.
  • Climate
    Vintage distinguished by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September.
  • Climate
    Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideally hot bright July and August. Very well concentrated reds with hot clear tannin.
  • Climate
    Cooler summer (as in 2004) produced very full fruity whites for slow maturation, and varietal reds with dense soft tannin.
  • Climate
    Winter and spring with almost no rain. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy. Whites better than reds,though very concentrated.
  • Climate
    More rain than usual refreshed some of the harvest, producing whites with great fruit and structure and reds with colour and body.
  • 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, though 20% lower for Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Frappato.This vintage can be described a luminous and sunny. All the sun-loving varieties such as Syrah and Nero d'Avola are of extraordinary richness. 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.
  • Climate
    The seasonal pattern showed a fall and a cold winter and little rain, while the spring period was characterized by heavy rains even in the pre-summer. The vineyard went into the summer and maturation in perfect health. The average summer temperatures has been excellent: pleasantly cool, regular, without peaks of heat, never above the seasonal average. Balanced solar radiation. The harvest began with a delay of about 14 days. Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit.
  • 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
    The grapes: the 2011 vintage yielded perfectly healthy grapes, if in noticeably diminished quantities. Indeed quantity as well as size of the harvested fruit was reduced by 15 percent on the average, which means also a decrease in total weight. In any case this resulted in an exceptionally high overall quality, especially of the red grapes which profited greatly by this natural and thus perfect thinning out. The temperatures stayed in the average range and, more importantly, showed no heat spikes. Both September and October were mild, and sporadic rainfalls at the end of the season accomplished the vintage. Vittoria e Noto: il lungo periodo privo di pioggia che ha anticipato la vendemmia, ha permesso che le varietà autoctone siciliane della zona maturassero al meglio. Avremo un Cerasuolo di Vittoria intenso per profumi e dal colore più carico del consueto. La vendemmia a Noto è stata una festa grazie ai grandi profumi intensi del Moscato ed a un Nero d’Avola esuberante e perfettamente in equilibrio

Time of Harvest





Destalking followed by 21 days remaining on the skins; after racking malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, maturation for 14 months in barriques

Santa Cecilia

Alcohol Content



Aging Capacity

To drink at once or to age up to 8-10 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
Purple purplish
A very spicy fruity wine, brilliant and clear, perfumed with carob, bergamot and orange peel.
The compact ripe fruit and balsamic notes on the palate dissolve in a sweet and vigorous manner to accompany tannins of dense texture but also open and calibrated to the structure of this wine of deep baritone tones. Traces of graphite confer elements of a high tasting lineage while cleverly elicited wild blackberry and cherry maintain the wine on a register of rigorous style and taste.
A wine which has no fear of the riskiest matchings such as pork marinated with chili pepper or dishes of fish with rich fibrous flesh.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen
Timballo di anelletti al ragù

Anelletti and meat sauce mold


Serves 6 to 8

1 kg / 2 lb. 2 oz. anelletti

150 g / 5 1/2 oz. sweet

Provola cheese

150 g / 5 1/2 oz.


80 g / 3 oz. grated

Sicilian Pecorino DOP

salt to taste

For the meat sauce

600 g / 1 lb. 5 oz. pork

shoulder, chopped

600 g / 1 lb. 5 oz. beef

muscle, chopped

2 onions, minced

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

2 L / 2 qt. tomato purée

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 glass water

1 glass white wine, best

if aged

bay leaves

extra-virgin olive oil

For the peas

400 g / 14 oz. fresh


1 small onion, thinly


50 g / 1 3/4 oz. butter

salt to taste

pepper to taste

Difficulty 3/5 | Preparation Time 1 hour

Mince the onions and then brown in a saucepan with a glass of water and some oil. Add the chopped meat and brown well.

Pour in the wine and let bubble up until the alcohol evaporates, then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste, the tomato purée, the bay leaves and let simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, if not more. The sauce is ready when the meat is tender, overcooked and breaks up. In a saucepan, brown the onion, thinly sliced, then add the peas.

Cook for 5 minutes. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil and cook the anelletti until al dente. Then drain, toss with the meat sauce and let cool. Dice the Provola cheese and add it to the pasta along with the peas.

Grease a tall baking dish and lightly coat it with a handful of breadcrumbs. Pour in the seasoned anelletti. Flatten gently until the surface is

even. Top the timballo with breadcrumbs and grated Pecorino. Heat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.



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