Arianna Occhipinti, Grotte Alte


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Grotte Alte 50% Nero d’Avola and Frappato grown on sandy limestone soil; Macerated for 40 days, the wine aged for 4 years in 25hl Slovenian oak vats and 6 months in bottle before release. Neither fined nor filtered, this is Ariana’s most ambitious wine and represent the flagship of her production.

ARIANNA OCCHIPINTI, VITTORIA Biodynamic principles, natural, very limited availability

Arianna Occhipinti is the niece of Giusto Occhipinti of the legendary COS estate in Vittoria, south-eastern Sicily. Despite being relatively young, she is clear about her ethos and philosophy, which is to produce wines that express the unique territory of their native Iblein mountain vineyards. It is a windswept place with reddish, iron-rich soils and crabbed trees which hunch over low stone walls surrounding the vineyards.

Agricultural traditions here are millenia-old and the SP68 cuvees indeed allude to this fact. The Strada Provinciale 68 is but a continuation of a three thousand year old stone track which ancient farmers would have used to bring their own wines to the coastal trading towns of Lentini and Catania. “Never as in Bombolieri I can feel that I'm carrying with me past and future at the same time. It was the oldest wine route ever documented.” All the vineyards are worked using biodynamic principles and the work in the cellar is measured… not pushing the wine in any way… letting it find its own space… natural yeasts, no temperature control, no fining or filtration and minimal SO2 at bottling.