Giusto Occhipinti started the COS winery with two school friends back in the early 1980’s. Fascinated by the ancient cellar practice, COS decided to work with amphoras, clay jars that were used by the ancient Greeks, and cement tanks. The frappato grape for this wine grows in sandy soils interwoven with clay and tuffa. The fermentation is with indigenous yeast in amphora, and after about six months the wine is further aged in cement and and later in bottle.
Occhipinti is located in Vittoria, in the southwestern corner of Sicily, and winemaker Arianna Occhipinti’s reputation seems to grow with every vintage. Her first vintage was 2004, though it wasn’t until 2005 that her wines were internationally distributed. he wine is a blend of Albanello, a variety native to the Ragusa area near Vittoria, and Zibibbo (AKA Muscat of Alexandria) sourced from Marsala, in northwest Sicily. The wine is fermented dry; Zibibbo lends a floral, aromatic complexity while Albanello adds structure.