Show 471, April 23, 2022: Patricia Toth, Winemaker, Planeta, Sicily, Italy Part Two

Patricia Toth of Planeta

Planeta’s (Sicily, Italy) 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.”

“Planeta as a family and an organization is at the forefront of sustainability initiatives within Sicily.”

“Born in Hungary, Planeta Winemaker Patricia Toth grew up in the countryside. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Corvinus in Budapest with a degree in Food Science specializing in wine, beer and spirits.”

“Patricia first collaborated with Planeta during the 2005 harvest and in 2008, she officially joined the winemaking team in a full-time role as Winemaker. Today, she is responsible for the Buonivini and Dorilli Cellars, and has successfully coordinated startup for the estates on Mount Etna and Capo Milazzo. Patricia is an active a member of Planeta’s Business Intelligence Team and is also responsible for Planeta’s SOStain program, which supports regional sustainable agriculture.”

A few weeks ago Patricia was on a visit to Los Angeles to present a selection of the current Planeta releases to food and wine journalists at a special lunch at Drago Centro in Downtown Los Angeles with the cuisine prepared by Chef Celestino Drago himself and with service supervised by Managing Partner (and acclaimed restaurateur) Piero Selvaggio. The Short Rib with Mushrooms and Barley course was tastefully paired with Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese Sicilia 2018. This 100 per cent Nerello Mascalese is a person favorite Planeta selection of Piero himself.

Patricia continues with us long-distance from Sicily to pull the cork on all that is Planeta.

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