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Cos Wine Tour

Wherever you are in Sicily and whatever is the purpose of your stay, let yourself be tempted by a wine day with us: our English speaking driver will meet you at your place and guide you through a day dedicated to Sicilian wines. Cos – Vittoria, The Winery Azienda Agricola COS was founded by Giambattista […]

I vini delle Cantine COS di Vittoria

La Sicilia è un’isola molto particolare. Questa particolarità si riscontra in ogni produzione siciliana e si riflette sulle sue caratteristiche. Il vino, ad esempio, a volte è raffinato in anfore di terracotta quasi seppellite nel terreno. Basti pensare che alcuni dei vini più interessanti d’Italia sono in realtà siculi. Nel 1980, in Sicilia, venne fondata […]

A Sicilian winemaker with a difference

Azienda Agricola COS, founded in 1980, is one of Sicily’s most well known wineries. Few, however are aware that their wines are natural wines which are extremely low in sulphites and are mainly aged in amphoras (see above photo) like in the old days. I met one of the winemakers of COS, Giusto Occhipinti, at […]

A strangely interesting wine … the 2009 Azienda Agricola COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG, Sicily, Italy

Woh … to your casual wine drinker that name is both long and confusing. What the does it mean? I’m going to cover the edumacational stuff first so some of you more sophisticated and knowledgeable (than I) fellow wine wankers may wish to skip the next paragraph or two. Note that in all my posts […]

COS – biodynamics and amphora in Sicily

“The vineyard is our bank savings so we must protect it,” says Giusto Occhipinti at COS winery in Sicily. He founded COS with two friends in the early 1980’s. “I had to go to school again and learn how to make wine. We took over an old cellar from the 1880s. In those days there […]

The wines of COS, Sicily Superb natural wines from Vittoria

COS are an exciting natural winery in the Vittoria region of Sicily. Located in the south east corner of the island, Vittoria is the home to the only Sicilian DOCG, Cerasuaolo di Vittoria, which brings together the Nero d’Avola and Frappato varieties to make a really elegant, fresh, expressive red. COS began life when three […]

COS: Not your traditional winery

Thirty years ago three friends from the Vittoria area of southeastern Sicily were preparing to start their university education. The friends, Giambattista “Titta” Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano, were all from wine making families. When Titta’s father saw that the three had nothing to do until school started in several months, he gave them […]