Dec 18, 2019
While I was
in Verona at Wine2Wine, I had the chance to speak with
Alessio Planeta, President at Assovini Sicilia and Owner at
For five centuries and
through seventeen generations, Planeta has been active in
changing and improving agriculture in Sicily. Alessio Planeta
has spent his life dedicated to the study of Sicily and figuring
out how to make it a significant force in world wine. With his
family, Alessio now has six wineries around Sicily, and they have
almost single-handedly put Sicily on the map as a quality
continues its mission to show what Sicily can do and what it’s
forgotten varietals can bring to the world of wine. They are one of
the big reasons we have access to excellent Sicilian wine
Here are the notes:
- Alessio tells us about Sicily, the history of his family, and
how Planeta evolved to become a significant force in the wine
world, putting Sicily on the world wine map of quality
- We discuss the quality revolution in Sicily, begun, in part by
Diego Planeta, Alessio's uncle
- Alessio tells us about the amazing conditions of Sicily
-- the diverse terrain, vast number of native grapes, the
skilled workers, the excellent climate, that makes it a garden
ideal for viticulture
- We learn about how the innovative nature of the Planeta family.
Alessio discusses their desire to find talent from outside the
island (including Giacomo Tachis, Carlo Corino, Giampaolo Fabris
and Attilio Scienza) the openness to using "international" grapes,
and then the slow introduction of the indigenous wines of Sicily
created a category for Nero d'Avola, Grillo, Carricante, Nerello
Mascalese and others that is booming!
- Alessio addresses the fact that people may still underestimate
Sicily and talks about the bright future of Sicilian wine
Thanks to Wine2Wine Verona for inviting me
to speak and for allowing me the opportunity to meet Gaia Gaja and
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