Grape: Frappato, Nero d'Avola
From: Sicily, Italy
Farming Practices: Organic
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, cherry, crushed violets, lavender
SP68 is the name of the road that cut through Arianna's original vineyard in Vittoria. Arianna's SP68 wines are aged in concrete tanks. Arianna describes it as "Cool and pleasant, with a delicate taste that it brings the flavor of the sun and the freshness of this land."
When Arianna Occhipinti was 16, her uncle Giusto Occhipinti of COS Wines, invited her to come and stay and help out at his winery. This experience was the start to her winemaking career. She went to school soon after to study winemaking but quickly realized her uncle made wine in a way that school was not going to teach her. She learned what she needed from him and then began making her own wine. When making wine, Arianna respects all aspects of the land and winemaking process, even if it requires more time. She respects the wine as if it was a person and therefore, creates wine that tastes like the place it was born while also telling stories about her as a winemaker.