Sicily

Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna OcchipintiArianna started making her own wine straight out of wine school, in her parent’s garage, with a hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. She immediately threw out the window the “recipe approach” to winemaking she learned at school. Instead she followed her instincts and inclinations, as well as the example of her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti, whose COS wines are amongst the very best of Sicily. From the beginning, she worked her vines organically, harvested by hand, and let her wines ferment naturally.

Using selection massale, Arianna has progressively expanded her estate, replanting 10 hectares of Frapatto and Nero d’Avola (Vittoria’s two indigenous red grapes) trained in guyot. She’s also secured 50-year-old Frappato and 45-year-old Nero d’Avola vines, which she bottles as single varietal cuvées. More recently, she’s managed to build a new winery and acquire 7 hectares of 19-year-old vines, which, for the time being, she’s using to produce more of her SP68 wines (SP68 is the name of the road that goes past her vineyards).