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Occhipinti

Occhipinti

Sicily, Italy

Occhipinti


COUNTRY

Italy

REGION

Sicily

sub Region

Vittoria

Appellation

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

Climate

Mediterranean

WIneMaker

Arianna Occhipinti

FARMING PractICes

Organic, Biodynamic

WEBSITE / SOCIAL

http://www.agricolaocchipinti.it//en//

The History

Arianna Occhipinti has become a seminal figure to a new generation of wine lovers. Her rise to prominence has been meteoric, and rightfully so: anyone who has met Ari will instantly vouch that her charming personality and positive attitude are contagious.

Arianna is the niece of Giusto Occhpinti, whose COS wines are undisputedly amongst the very best of Sicily. In 1998, Giusto invited her to help him out at Vinitaly for four days. Arianna was 16 at the time and knew nothing about wine, but the experience was such a good one that she decided to study viticulture and oenology in university. This quickly proved counter-intuitive, since everything she had learned from her uncle (organic viticulture, hand-harvesting, native yeast fermentations) clashed with the what she was being taught to do in school.

Undettered, Arianna started making her own wine with just 1 hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria, and progressively expanded her estate by replanting 10 hectares of Frapatto and Nero D'Avola (the region's two indigenous red grapes) in selection massale, all trained in guyot. In 2012, an additional 7 hectares of 19 year old vines were acquired, which for the time being will be used to produce more SP-68.

The Philosophy

"Season after season, the earth talks to me, listens to me, answers me. Ours is a silent and authentic dialogue. That's why I do not have a "formula", but only some ideas that come from my experience. First of all, I believe in a respectful relationship with the land: a direct contact that turns into profound knowing. I think there is a balance, the one of nature, that has to be respected in every gesture: from cultivation and pruning - that has to be tidy, clean- to the processing of the fruit. Balance that can be summarized in the following words: from a good grape comes a good wine. 


Yes, in some ways my wine can be considered organic. I prefer to till the land by hand and I only use organically grown grapes, without the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical or synthetic fertilizers. I consider a wealth the wild plants which grow in the vineyard and help the soil to oxygenate and feed itself. 


So, I use the green manure: I plant field broad beans or oat grasses in the vineyard soil and then I overturn them in spring. In the vineyard I try to respect the surrounding plants which I consider to be a resource. Maintaining biodiversity, not disturbing the natural balance of things. I like to keep the old clones of these grapes, the mass selection and the grafting in the field. In this way the vineyard is tougher, stronger and carries within it the plot of a past and the strength for the future. 


Mine is definitely a natural wine, but first of all it is a territory wine. Born from the respect of the land and the vineyard. From a respected soil comes a respectful wine : respectful of its uniqueness and of those who will drink it because it is a healthy and sincere wine, that is not bad for one's health. But it is also a good wine. Born from constant love of who did it." Arianna Occhipinti 


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