Located in Sicily ’s south-eastern Val di Noto province, the Occhipinti family is synonymous with the Frappato grape that underpins Siciliy’s only DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Arianna kicked off in 2004, making wines in a family farmhouse, before transferring, in 2013, to a purpose-built winery, where her 22 hectares of Frappato and Nero d’Avola, along with one-and-a-half hectares of intense Albanello and Zibibbo white grapes, are vinified using cement and Stockinger barrels (Slavonian, German, Austrian oak).

Tasting Notes

Frappato di Vittoria 2019 is a Sicilian red wine produced by Arianna Occhipinti using natural methods. Arianna Occhipinti is one of the most famous names in Italy of women who have been recognised for their production philosophy aimed at producing genuine and authentic wines, with full respect for nature and traditions.

This wine is made from 100% Frappato grapes, an autochthonous vine from this area of Sicily (we are in Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa) which gives life to a wine that is difficult in some ways, harsh and rough but at the same time elegant. Fermentation is spontaneous, using only indigenous yeasts, and is carried out in cement vats with maceration on the skins for 30 days, before ageing in lightly toasted Slavonian oak casks for 14 months plus one month in the bottle. The wine is not filtered.

This Frappato di Vittoria 2019 by Arianna Occhipinti expresses a beautiful deep ruby red colour to the eye. The nose offers a typical bouquet of flowers such as red rose and iris, red fruit such as plum, spices, herbs and balsamic notes, with a delicate touch of tobacco. The taste is rich and structured, balanced by a remarkable freshness and a mineral finish.