LA FORESTERIA PLANETA Contrada Passo Di Gurra, Ex S.s. 115 S.p. 79, Km 91 - Menfi, Menfi, Sicilia, Italy
La Foresteria is Planeta’s new place dedicated to hospitality, cooking, wine and the land. La Foresteria is immersed in the vineyards which stretch to the beach of Porto Palo the crystalline sea at Menfi in the province of Agrigento, a few kilometres from the well-known Planeta wineries. It is strategically placed in the centre of a region extraordinarily rich with archaeological sites such as the nearby temples of Selinunte and the ancient quarries of Cave di Cusa.The Foresteria is the perfect place for a ‘gourmet’ holiday in the heart of ancient sun-kissed Sicily, where the relaxing pace of life, the flavours, traditions and Mediterranean aromas are all to be relished.
With its fourteen generous rooms with private terrace and surrounded by an enchanting Mediterranean garden with a swimming pool, La Foresteria seems like a typical rural hamlet of houses placed on the hill to watch over the vineyards. At sunset the austerity of line and play of light between the external space and internal courtyards which form sheltered gardens, prevail and merge with green spaces due to the variations of level between terraces, swimming pool and the large flowerbeds containing collections of plants. Thousands of herbs planted and listed as in a nursery garden provide a feature of remarkable garden planning which continues the green aspect of vineyards in the background.If the heart of ‘La Foresteria’ is the greenery, its soul is the kitchen. A large kitchen equipped for teaching, where the Planeta family’s recipes and traditional Sicilian cooking, with mainly local ingredients, will take pride of place.The tradition has been strictly maintained through three generations, that of good food and the choice of ingredients matched knowledgeably to wine, representing a delight to the palate but also a time of warm conviviality which is offered to the guests of La Foresteria; dinner is served in the big dining room next to the kitchen where guests sit together round the big 30-seat dining table. Alternatives are the open-air terrace overlooking the vineyards or the rooms where wine tastings are held. All in all wine is the other main protagonist of “La Foresteria” and the territory.
La Foresteria is no less than the guest house of the family home; the place devoted to hospitalityaccording to Planeta’s ideals.