Arriana Occhipinti, Siccagno, IGT Sicila, Italy
Arianna Occhipinti is a young, determined and charismatic Sicilian who, starting with her degree in oenology, decided to dedicate herself to what she loves most: her land, her vineyards, her wine.
Arianna's biggest challenge is to understand the needs of the land, without disturbing its future or changing its appearance, trying to gather what it can offer. The rigour and harmony of Nero d'Avola derive from the mineral terroir, the sea air and the drought that characterise this part of Sicily. And also the freshness and elegance of frappato, which Arianna has contributed decisively to rediscover, derive from nothing else but grapes.
These wines carry with them the characteristics and stories of their land, which Arianna loves, and which she is committed to preserving and safeguarding, using conscious and biodynamic cultivation techniques. Old vineyards that produce wines with a clear and sincere style.
Occhipinti Siccagno ferments with natives yeasts and macerates with the skins for around 25 days. Once the wine is fermented, it is refined by ageing in Slavonian oak barrels for a period of 16 to 22 months. To respect the structure of the wine and its aromas to the full, it is bottled without filtering or clarifying, although slight precipitates may appear in the bottom of the bottle.