Menfi D.O.C.

100% Grillo

The terebinth is a shrub with glossy fronds, always associated with Sicily and the Mediterranean countryside from east to west.

The Planeta Terebinto is a single-variety Grillo; aromatic and intense on the nose with notes of pink grapefruit, balanced and complex on the palate.


2016 Guida Espresso Tra i migliori 100 “Vini da comprare”
James Suckling 91




Above sea level



20° - 24°Average temperature


Farming system


Planting density

5.000 plants per hectare



Cloudiness 20%
Humidity 93%
Wind 1.5mh ↑

First Vintage


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  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 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.
  • The harvest had been well prepared thanks to a cool spring, light rainfall (more or less 500mm with the last rain at the beginning of April) but well spaced. Ripening was slightly delayed, but the summer was very favourable until the end of July. At the beginning of August an African anticyclone brought three weeks of high temperatures without a pause. South-western Sicily was the region that suffered most of the heat, which was more intense than in the east. Thus it was necessary to bring the first part of the vintage forward and to give special attention to the harvest; the grapes in question were few but good. Some varieties responded well, due to their intrinsic characteristics, to these conditions – particularly Grecanico, Grillo and Syrah – while others needed more careful selection and faster harvesting (Chardonnay and Nero d’Avola). The second part of the vintage, from 20th August onwards, saw a much improved and almost ideal climate which gained us quality and a slower harvest of red grapes, allowing for a more gradual ripening. Thus at Menfi, more powerful reds but not excessively so, rounder whites and intense reds.

Time of Harvest





After destalking and soft pressing, the must is decanted at a low temperature and ferments at 15°C; when fermentation is complete, maturing on the lees for 6 months in stainless steel vats where a bâtonneur keeps the lees in suspension


Alcohol Content



Aging Capacity

For immediate drinking or to mature up to 4-5 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes Eyes
  • Nose Nose
  • Mouth Mouth
Light yellow colour with green hints.
A particularly aromatic Sicilian variety, with aromas of apricot, lychees and tropical fruit.
Fresh and lively in spite of a notable level of alcohol.

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