La Segreta Rosso

Sicilia D.O.C.

50% Nero d’Avola 25% Merlot 20% Syrah 5% Cabernet Franc

La Segreta bears the name of the woods surrounding our Ulmo vineyards. This wine has always been produced exclusively from the vineyards owned by the Planeta family for centuries, cultivated with passion and according to sustainable and organic agriculture criteria. Its first label was graphically related to an ancient 18th-century map of the area, to underline the family’s deep roots and presence on site since ancient times. Today it appears in a totally new and refined look. This time we took inspiration from the theme of Sicilian nature – both inside the bottle and out – drawing from the work of an eminent Sicilian pharmacist, Giuseppe Riggio, who, between the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries, created a “erbario picto” with the help of a painter, depicting Sicilian flora with great precision and poetry. The new label offers a collection of herbs, flowers and roots, expression of the hidden and powerful beauty that is revealed only to those who know how to appreciate it.
A richness of aromas and taste fully developed in these wines.


2020 Wine Enthusiast 91 - Best Buy
James Suckling 91
2019 James Suckling 91
Sakura Medaglia d'Oro
2018 James Suckling 91
Sakura Medaglia d'Oro
2017 Sakura Medaglia d'Oro
2016 James Suckling 92
 Meininger - Mundus Vini  Silver
 Sommelier Wine Award  Commended
 Wine Enthusiast 88
2015 Japan Wine Challenge 2017 Argento
2014 Wine Spectator 86
2013 Wine Spectator 86
James Suckling 89
2012 Wine Spectator 87
2011 James Suckling 90
Wine Enthusiast 87
International wine Challenge Commended
2010 Wine Enthusiast 87
2009 Vinous 89
Wine Enthusiast 87
Wine Spectator 87
2008 Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
Vinous 87
Jancis Robinson 15,5
International wine Challenge Bronze
2007 Decanter World Wine Awards Commended
International wine Challenge Bronze
Wine Enthusiast 87
2006 Wine Enthusiast 88
Wine Spectator 88
2005 Wine Enthusiast 88
Wine Spectator 87
Decanter Bronze
2004 Decanter Commended
2003 Wine Enthusiast 87
Wine Spectator 87
Decanter Silver
2002 Vinous 88
Wine Enthusiast 88
Wine Spectator 87
2001 Wine Spectator 87
2000 Wine Enthusiast 88
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
Vinous 87




Above sea level



21°Average temperature


Farming system

Espalier with spurred cordon and Guyot pruning systems

Planting density

4.545 - 5.050 plants per hectar



Cloudiness 9%
Humidity 46%
Wind 3.34mh ↗

First Vintage


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  • 1995
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  • 2004
  • 2005
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  • 2010
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  • 2012
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  • 2015
  • 2016
  • A particularly cool harvest, better for red wines than white.
  • Harvest with dual results after a particularly cool August and wet September; excellent early varieties but less so the later ones.
  • Hot August and cool September with some rain following a winter with sparse rain.
  • Cycle of warm harvests begins with hot dry conditions throughout.
  • A vintage characterised by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September. Whites hot and reds tannic.
  • Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideally bright hot July and August. Well concentrated reds with hot clear tannin.
  • The cooler summer (as in 2004) provided varietal reds with dense soft tannin.
  • Slightly more rain than usual invigorated some of the harvest, resulting in reds with colour and body.
  • Slightly more rain than usual invigorated some of the harvest, resulting in reds with colour and body.
  • A cold wet winter and spring perfectly prepared the grapes for harvesting which began 15 days late in cool moderate conditions.
  • 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.
  • 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 as 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.
  • 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. Forthose who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
  • 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. Syrah is just perfect: a dry and luminous vintage provided us with a superior quality. The other French varieties are intense and varietal; the Nero d'Avola, the part of La Segreta Rosso blend, is at its top.
  • Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
  • 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 vintag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A great vintage for two perfectly combined reasons: a rainier spring than the average for the past ten years, especially in June, and therefore vines that face the summer stress-free, and a rain-free period of ripening of the grapes with July, August and September completely dry. To say the least, these are the ideal temperatures and quantity of light, with July cooler since 2004; on the contrary, the brightest September (since 2007) and, to best complete the ripening of the reds, the absolute hottest of the series analyzed. The perfect vintage!
  • A year which enhanced the indigenous varieties, particularly Grecanico, very aromatic, and a glorious Nero d’Avola with fruit, density and compact tannins as never before. Fiano is good, Chardonnay more consistent. Merlot and Syrah at their peak, thanks to the weather. The Cabernet is perhaps slightly rigid.
  • At Menfi in the south-west had little rainfall and temperatures slightly colder than 2015, followed by a beautiful spring with rain in March and showers generally, which prepared the vines well. The cooler summer with average temperatures between June and September being well below those of 2015 contributed to a fine harvest. The result has been aromatic and balanced white wines with Chardonnay, Grecanico and Grillo peaking in quality, and the big French reds with particularly dense and ample tannins thanks to long slow ripening. Nero d’Avola in particular, thanks also to the lower production, is very aromatic and colourful.

Time of Harvest





Destalking followed by 7-14 days lying on the skins at a temperature of 25⁰C, after racking maturation in stainless steel


Alcohol Content


Aging Capacity

To drink at once or keep for 2-3 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes Eyes
  • Nose Nose
  • Mouth Mouth
An intensely vivid ruby colour.
On the nose aromas of redcurrant and mulberry with a slightly spicy and minty finish.
In the mouth the wine demonstrates its fine personality with flavours of ripe wild fruits, balanced by a very pleasant full and herbal taste. The tannins are soft and smooth conferring a very versatile character to this red wine.
For daily drinking, it is ideal with Mediterranean pasta dishes and light meals of meat, vegetables or oily fish.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen

Eggplants in sweet and sour sauce


2 kg / 4 lb. 4 oz. eggplant

200 g / 7 oz. onion, chopped coarsely

150 g / 5 1/2 oz. tomato paste

200 g / 7 oz. celery, chopped

100 g / 3 1/2 oz. capers, rinsed and drained

200 g / 7 oz. pitted

green olives

50 ml / 1 3/4 fl. oz. red wine vinegar

50 g / 1 3/4 oz. toasted almonds

50 g / 1 3/4 oz. granulated sugar mint leaves

10 ml / 1/4 fl. oz. extravirgin olive oil

olive oil for frying

sea salt

salt to taste

pepper to taste


Wash the eggplants, cut them into 1-½-cm (¾-inch) cubes, sprinkle with sea salt, then place in a colander for about 30 minutes. Rinse and dry the eggplants, then fry them in a generous amount of olive oil. Wash the celery, remove any tough strings and chop. Bring a pot of unsalted water to boil and blanch the celery for 2 minutes; then add half the olives and the capers. After 4–5 minutes, pour the vegetables into a colander and drain. Heat some oil in a pan. Let the onion soften over low heat, but don’t let it brown. Add the chopped celery, the capers, the blanched olives, a pinch of pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir. Increase the heat. In the middle of the pan, make a well and pour in the sugar. Let the sugar dissolve, then add the vinegar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the condiment over the eggplant. Do not stir the mixture until cool. Sprinkle with crushed toasted almonds and mint leaves.



Planeta Sito dell'Ulmo Merlot Menfi Doc sa
Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Merlot
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Chardonnay
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Fiano
Sicilia DOC
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Syrah
Menfi D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola
Menfi D.O.C.
85% Grecanico, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Menfi D.O.C.
100% Grillo
La Segreta Bianco
Sicilia D.O.C.
40% Grecanico, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Grillo, 20% other varieties
La Segreta Rosso
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Nero d’Avola 25% Merlot 20% Syrah 5% Cabernet Franc
Rosè 2016_sa
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Fiano, 50% Grecanico


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


Planeta Santa Cecilia
Santa Cecilia
Noto D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Moscato Bianco
Planeta_Passito di Noto sa
Passito di Noto
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Moscato Bianco
Noto D.O.C.
85% Nero d’Avola, 15% Merlot


Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Eruzione 1614 Pinot Nero
Terre Siciliane I.G.T.
100% Pinot Nero
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante new
Eruzione 1614 Carricante
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Brut Metodo Classico
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Planeta Eruzione_ Riesling
Eruzione 1614 Riesling
Terre Siciliane I.G.T.
100% Riesling Renano
Planeta Etna Bianco Doc
Etna Bianco Contrada Taccione
Etna D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Planeta Etna Rosso Doc
Etna Rosso
Etna D.O.C.
100% Nerello Mascalese


Planeta - Mamertino 2015 sa
Mamertino D.O.C.
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Nocera
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Nocera

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