Opened in 1995 near the village of Sambuca di Sicilia, in Menfi, Ulmo was the first Planeta winery. Built near an ancient 16th-century baglio, or stone farmhouse, the winery overlooks its picturesque estate, also home to the Iter Vitis open-air museum dedicated to the history of Sicilian viticulture. Today the Planeta farmhouse is a meeting place for wine afficionados, and anyone wanting to truly experience the region’s land and history. Around the vineyard, La Segreta nature trail offers three possible walking paths through the countryside for visitors to discover its pristine wilderness and unique landscapes.
Nestled at 400 metres above sea level, the vineyard was built in 1995 near the banks of Lake Arancio, on an ancient riverbed whose slope and lime-rich chalky soil ensures perfect drainage and growing conditions for the vines. Indeed, with over 250 hectares of indigenous and international varieties of grapes carefully tailored to the specifics of each terroir, it is no surprise that Ulmo is still the reference for Planeta’s most renowned labels; wines like the company’s signature classic Planeta Chardonnay—a single-variety super cru that has become a symbol for the winemaking renaissance in Sicily—, or the world-famous Segreta Bianco and Rosso, named after the woods surrounding the estate.
La Foresteria is the luxury Winery Resort of the Planeta Estate, offering a relaxing luxury escape in the heart of Sicily’s stunning coastal landscape.
The resort, nestled among the vineyards, is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful holiday retreat, discover an island famous for its winemaking tradition, relax by the beach or treat yourself to the exciting flavours of Sicilian cuisine and the pleasures of authentic family hospitality.
The 14 guest rooms are all perfectly appointed with private terraces and delightful sea views, each is named after one of the botanical herbs grown in the gardens at La Foresteria, inviting guests to immediately grasp the essence of a Sicilian holiday Planeta-style.
Rich in warm, mediterranean atmosphere, each spacious guest room is styled and decorated according to a distinctive theme. Period furnishings and colour palettes are all different and all inspired by the natural tones of the earth: muted colourways on the walls, red and ocher in the geometrical patterns of the carpets, bright colour accents in the yellows and blues of Burgio and Caltagirone traditional ceramics.
|Room prices including breakfast|
|Type of room||Low||Middle||High|
|Double single use||Classic||150 €||190 €||230 €|
|Double||Classic||180 €||220 €||260 €|
|Double single use||Superior||170 €||210 €||250 €|
|Double||Superior||200 €||240 €||280 €|
|Double single use||Deluxe||190 €||230 €||260 €|
|Double||Deluxe||200 €||260 €||290 €|
|Child supplement (12 years and under)||free||free||free|
|Child supplement (6 up to 12 years)||Superior/deluxe||50 €||50 €||50 €|
|Cot supplement||10 €||10 €||10|
The Country Museum periodically shows exhibitions of photography and modern installations linked to the projects on art and the territory which are supported by Planeta.
Can you imagine a better way to reconcile body and spirit than through the union of beauty and taste?
Planeta offers an experience that involves and satisfies all senses in a scenario of unique beauty in which you can observe the rural art of dry lava stone walls and terraces part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.