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

A 100% Frappato cuvée, from a single parcel known as Bombolieri, farmed organically and planted facing the Serra San Bartolo, in the southeast of the island, on 25 cm of light colored sand over a solid layer of limestone. Arianna works her parcel here with tremendous precision. The winemaker’s vinification here is also as precise as ever, without any additives, maturation in Slovenian barrels that have seen several wines, and just a microdose of sulphur at bottling. Tasting notes: A nose of black cherry, blood orange, cranberry, and thyme… The palate is fluid and spicy, with delicate, elegant fruit flavors, and a mineral, salty finish. Only 2709 bottles produced.