Rose Sicilia DOC

Rosé Sicilia DOC

  • Sicilia Menfi DOC, 
  • Sicily, 
  • italy

Latest Awards

  • 90 points Wine Enthusiast , November 2023
  • 90 points James Suckling , August 2023

Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Planeta today encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.


Hidden within the Menfi hills and with 160 hectares (395 acres) of vineyard, the Dispensa estate is the beating heart of all Planeta’s activities. The Nero d’Avola grows at 246’ a.s.l. and the Syrah at 213’ a.s.l. More than 250 hectares (618 acres) are cultivated, and vines are carefully selected, both indigenous and international varieties, to the specifics of each terroir. The soil here is average depth, moderately limey with mixed yellow and grey chalk, moderately fine texture, with few stones present. Sicily and Planeta recorded a great quality 2022 harvest. Production was lower and a dry summer produced extremely healthy grapes, with a very low fungal load. Some rainfall in September helped the grapes achieve perfect ripening.

Winemaking & Aging

The Nero d’Avola was harvested on September 1st and the Syrah, on September 3rd. After grapes were destemmed, pressed for a short maceration of about one hour to achieve perfect tone through the extraction of color from the skins. The clear part is then decanted and ferments for 8-10 days. At the end of fermentation in stainless steel tanks (~5 days), the wine is racked and lightly macro-oxygenated, leaving it on the finest lees with weekly stirring. Finally, it is blended and bottled.

Tasting Notes

The delicate color is reminiscent of the elegance of a prima ballerina. Floral notes of hibiscus and dog rose encounter hints of wild strawberries, blackberries and melon. Lively and fresh in the mouth recalling meringue and pale peach flesh.


Strawberry candy, watermelon and rose petals are first on the nose of this salmon-pink Sicilian rosato, then sanguine notes of sweet blood orange and finally savory aromas of sun-kissed, salty stones and wild oregano emerge. The silky, strawberry jam palate is cut through with salinity and acid for a refreshing contrast.—D.C.

Wine Enthusiast - November 2023


Notes of dried herbs and citrus peel with pink cherries and rose petals on offer. Medium-bodied, tangy and a little phenolic with vivid acidity cutting through. Racy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap. -J.S.

James Suckling - August 2023


The 2022 Rosé is spicy, blending crushed stone with a grapefruit and young kiwi spritz. This is round and silky in feel, gaining a more tactile edge as saline minerals settle in. The 2022 finishes incredibly fresh, leaving behind tropical melon and a gentle tug of sour citrus tension. - E.G.

Vinous - May 2023


Sicilia Menfi DOC

grape varieties

50% Syrah, 50% Nero d'Avola



technical details
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • TA: 5.35 g/l
  • Ph: 3.18
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

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