Baglio di Pianetto, elegance with a French touch
The uniqueness of the Sicilian terroir through the savoir-faire of the great French Châteaux. This is in short the philosophy of Baglio di Pianetto. Founded in the late Nineties by Count Paolo Marzotto and his wife Florence, the winery is located in the homonymous district of the village Santa Cristina Gela (in the province of Palermo). The estate stretches over 88 hectares, 61 of which are planted with vines. The average altitude is 650 metres and the area is constantly ventilated and subjected to high temperature changes between day and night. The company also owns the vineyards in the Baroni Estate: 70 hectares of land in Noto (in the province of Syracuse), just 4 kilometres from the sea. As Alberto Buratto, CEO of the company, likes to say, Baglio di Pianetto is “the love for a land turned into reality”, an extraordinary winemaking adventure based on the strong bond between man and nature, in full respect of the land and its fruits. “We produce just over 500,000 bottles every year,” explains Buratto. “Native varietals play a central role. Their blend has been often softened with other transalpine grape varieties that have found a second home here in the island, and that also provide wines a particular elegance”. The side of white wines comprises Insolia, Catarratto, Viognier (which Count Marzotto imported in Sicily from France); while, on the side of reds, Nero d’Avola and Frappato act as counterparts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
Environmental sustainability is at the core
“The wine cellar was built on a hillside and was designed in order to minimise energy consumption, with a state-of-the-art photovoltaic installation and a rainwater collection system. Starting from next year all wines will be certified organic”. Another cornerstone of the company is the investment in local staff: “Our team is mostly made up of local workers, who combines great professionalism with the respect for ancient rural traditions.” One of the flagship wine is Ficiligno, a Sicilia DOC blend mixing Insolia and Viognier grapes. Fresh and pleasantly mineral: a perfect symbol of the encounter between Sicily and France. On the other hand, the old bush vines in Pachino give rise to Cembali, a Sicilia IGT (the last vintage on the market was the 2007, before the DOC): highest expression of the elegance of Nero d’Avola, the main grape variety of the island.
CHAMPION OF REFINED LONGEVITY
Grapes Nero d’Avola 100%
Composition of the soil limestone Vinification and aging fermentation in small stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, then continuing in French oak barriques for 9 months, in stainless steel vats again for other 9 months, and finally in oak casks for 10 months
Total Acidity 6.8 g/l pH 3.42
Dry Extract 32 g/l
Alcohol content 14.5% vol.
Price 26 euros
BAGLIO DI PIANETTO
contrada Pianetto 90030 Santa Cristina Gela (Palermo)
+39 (091) 8570002
Facebook: Baglio di Pianetto
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