If you're a lover of skin contact whites the SP68 Bianco has to be near the top of your list. This is a blend of Albanello (a native variety to Sicily) and Moscato di Alessandria (aka Zibbibo). It's beautifully aromatic in both the fruit and savoury spectrums. Citrus blossom, honeycomb, tropical & stone fruits. There's plenty of texture here too, which only increases as the wine approaches 16 degrees. Chill to your liking. - Chris L
Based in Vittoria, Sicily, Arianna has been making wines since she was 16, alongside her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti (the 'O' of COS wines). She released her first commercially available wine under her own Occhipinti label at the age of 22.
Since then she has gone from strength to strength, focusing on the two Sicilian varieties, Nero d’Avola and Frappato – though she does make white wine too.
Arianna farms organically and biodynamically, rejecting the use of chemical sprays and fertilizers, as well as taking a minimal intervention approach in the winery. Long macerations, no additions, neutral fermentation vessels and very limited use of sulphur, allow Arianna to express the purity of Vittoria through her elegant Nero d’Avola and Frappato wines. They are simply wonderful expressions of both grape and terroir.
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