Alessio Planeta, Planeta CEO and Technical Director, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year, as part of the 24th annual Wine Star Award.

Born in 1966, Alessio Planeta studied Agrarian Sciences, then took over the helm of the family wine concern in the 1990s. His personal and professional interests focused as well on the history of Sicily and its viticulture, with the goal of continuing the invaluable work begun by his uncle Diego Planeta and of gaining international appreciation for Sicilian wines.
He has directed Planeta winemaking since 1998, and currently oversees a 2.4 million-bottle annual production, complemented by cultivation of olives, almonds, and chickpeas. The overall production activities are guided by a business philosophy innately oriented to sustainability, based on a thorough understanding of best cultivation practices, and on promotion of biodiversity. At the same time, he supports numerous high-profile cultural and hospitality initiatives in the sphere of enotourism, all designed to disseminate the positive values that inspire Planeta products and to assist visitors and consumers to fully appreciate the Planeta universe.

The winners of the title Winemaker of the Year will be announced in the Best of Year issue of the magazine and feted in a gala event in February 2024.