Arianna Occhipinti: A Natural Wine Pioneer in Sicily

Today, we’re venturing to the sun-drenched vineyards of Sicily to introduce you to a remarkable winemaker, Arianna Occhipinti. Her passion for natural winemaking and dedication to the terroir of her homeland have made her a beacon in the world of natural wines.

A Journey of Passion and Discovery

Arianna’s journey into winemaking began at the tender age of 16 when she had her first encounter with the world of wine at the famous wine fair, Vinitaly. Inspired by her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti, a co-founder of the renowned COS winery, Arianna decided to pursue her passion for wine. She studied oenology and, in 2004, with just one hectare of land, she embarked on her own winemaking adventure.

A Commitment to Natural Winemaking

Arianna’s philosophy is simple yet profound: to make wines that are a true expression of the land and the grape. She practices organic farming and biodynamic principles, ensuring that no synthetic chemicals touch her vines. Her winemaking process is equally pure, with spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeasts, minimal intervention, and no filtration. This approach results in wines that are vibrant, authentic, and full of character.

The Wines of Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna’s wines are primarily made from two indigenous Sicilian grape varieties: Frappato and Nero d’Avola. Her flagship wine, “Il Frappato,” is a testament to the elegance and freshness that this grape can achieve. It’s a light-bodied, aromatic wine with notes of red berries, flowers, and a hint of spice. Another standout is the “SP68,” a blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola, named after the road that runs past her vineyard. This wine is a perfect introduction to Arianna’s style, with its juicy fruit flavors, earthy undertones, and lively acidity.

Visiting Arianna Occhipinti

For those planning a trip to Sicily, a visit to Arianna Occhipinti’s winery is a must. Located in the southeastern part of the island, near the town of Vittoria, the winery offers tastings and tours by appointment. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the passion and dedication that go into every bottle of her wine.

Arianna Occhipinti represents the essence of natural winemaking. Her wines are not just beverages; they are stories of the land, the grape, and the winemaker. They invite us to slow down, savor the moment, and appreciate the beauty of nature. So, next time you’re in Sicily, raise a glass to Arianna and the delightful journey her wines offer.

If you are interested in her wine, please order from here.⇩⇩⇩

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