I am always drawn to a wine with an interesting backstory. And while every wine has a story my personal bias is going to take me in the direction of family winemaking and organic or biodynamic viticultural practices. Or in the direction of a winemaker resurrecting a forgotten style of wine. Winemaking in Old World wine regions using indigenous varieties will catch my eye every time. If the region is off the beaten path, or at least new to me, I’m certain to be interested.
So, an interesting backstory was what I looked for as we planned the wine tasting portion of our trip to Sicily last year. Azienda Agricola COS near Vittoria in the provence of Ragusa looked interesting on paper. The winery was founded by three young friends, Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano, before leaving for university and takes its name from the surnames of each of the founders. Current winemaking includes the use of amphorae. Once I read that fact I knew I wanted to visit.