Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by three friends: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strange. The acronym of their surnames (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strange) gives rise to the company's name. On a shoestring budget, the three friends vinified the grapes from their parents’ vineyards. Throughout the 80s they sought to resurrect Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Nero d’Avola and Frappato) a previously maligned and underappreciated wine. The journey has taken them away from oak, to cement, and finally into amphora in order to obtain the most aromatic expression of the wines. In 2005 Cerasuolo di Vittoria was upgraded to DOCG status, thanks in part, no doubt, to their pioneering work.
TASTING NOTE: Nero d'Avola gives body and depth and Frappato fresh fruitiness and a certain floral quality. It's brilliantly bright and lively in style, refreshing, satisfying and all round lovely wine.
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Name of Producer: Azienda Agricola COS
Name of Grape: Nero d'Avola, Frappato
Winemaker: Giusto Occhipinti and Giambattista Cilia
Origin: Vittoria, Sicily, Italy
SUSTAINABLE/ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC: Organic (Certified by Suolo et Salute)