COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2020


COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a red natural wine made from a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato - certified organic - sourced from estate vineyards in the Vittoria area, Sicily, Italy. The vineyards are planted at around 300 meters above sea level on red soil of medium consistency made up of subalpine sands composed of limestone and silica. Spontaneous fermentation on the skins in concrete tanks. Aged in Slavonian oak botti for eighteen months followed by one year in the bottle before release.

Wine Type:, Red
Wine Style:, Medium Body
Farming:, Organic, Biodynamic
Vintage:, 2020
Alcohol:, 12.5%
Country:, Italy
Region:, Sicily
Appellation:, Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
Bottle Size:, 750ml

Food Pairing:

Pasta alle sarde.


Producer profile


Giusto Occhipinti of COS is a benchmark producer in Sicily's Vittoria appellation and certainly one of Sicily's most essential, influential producers, if not Italy. The winery was founded in 1980 by three friends: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. The initials of their last names form the winery's name.

The winery dates back to the 1880s when there was a huge demand for Sicilian wines. Phylloxera had already devastated many of the world's top wine-growing regions but had not yet reached the Island. Sicily has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 8th century BCE when the Greeks first planted grapes in the eastern part of the Island. Only recently have top-quality wines and winemaking arrived there. It was through the hard work and dedication of producers such as COS who showed the potential of Sicily's terroir and drew attention to the Island, especially its ability to produce complex, pure, and fresh wines, despite its location at the very southern tip of Italy.

The soils help this freshness and balance in the Vittoria region, blessed with limestone substrates under 1-2 feet of red clay. For Giusto, "the vineyard is like our life's savings in the bank, so we must protect it." Protecting it means that they work organically and biodynamically to support the health of the soil. They have never used synthetic or chemical additives in the vineyard since the outset in 1980. Officially, the winery was an early practitioner of biodynamic viticulture, which started in 2000 and was certified (organic) as of 2007. The climate of Vittoria is also generally warm and dry, making it well-adapted to organic & biodynamic viticulture. Giusto and his vineyard team also prepare many of the Biodynamic treatments in-house, though a few are purchased elsewhere from small, reputable sources for these critical products.

As a goal, Giusto seeks to convey the transparency of the soil into the wines themselves. To that end, he did extensive research on aging vessels. Eventually, he decided on a combination of 440-liter clay amphorae sourced from Spain and a collection of large neutral botti and concrete tanks (mainly for the Frappato). The clay is porous like oak but has the advantage that it imparts less flavor to the wine than does even large, old casks. All aging at the winery is done in one of these vessels. Stainless steel is only used to assemble the wine before bottling. For many wines, the juice remains in contact with the skins for extended periods, even for whites. Giusto feels these extended macerations help the wine obtain natural preservatives, allowing them to do the aging and élévage with little or no added Sulphur until the bottling when there is only a tiny addition.

Among the wines, COS is probably best known for its Cerasuolo di Vittorio, but also equally for its Pithos Rosso, a Cerasuolo di Vittoria aged exclusively in amphora instead of oak. He also makes a single-vineyard Cerasuolo from his top cru, Della Fontana. On the white side, they are also known for their Pithos Bianco, which is made from the Grecanico grape, a local variety of Garganega (of Soave fame), aged and fermented in amphora. The entire range focuses on elegance and purity, especially the joyous, floral Frappato – Sicily's answer to Cru Beaujolais – and the spicy, fruit-forward Nero di Lupo (Nero D'Avola).

Wine region

Sicily, Italy

Italy's largest island and most extensive region, Sicily, is a treasure trove of natural wine wonders. Nestled across the Strait of Messina from the mainland, it boasts Palermo as its capital. This city is a melting pot of cultures, where Arab, Greek, Roman, and Spanish influences merge, not just in its mesmerizing architecture but also in its rich culinary heritage, including its thriving natural wine scene.

The island's history is as complex as it is captivating, mirrored in its diverse cultural tapestry. This complexity extends to its viticulture. Sicily ranked as Italy's third largest wine-producing region after Veneto and Tuscany, has seen a remarkable evolution in wine quality over the last three decades.

While international grape varieties like Chardonnay and Syrah are making their mark, the indigenous varietals - Nero d'Avola, Catarratto, Grillo, and Inzolia - truly define Sicilian natural winemaking. These native grapes, thriving in Sicily's unique terroir, give life to natural wines as vibrant and varied as the island.

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What is natural wine?

What is natural wine?

Natural wine is a type of wine made in small batches from hand-harvested organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the cellar.
What is Biodynamics?

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamic wine is wine made with grapes farmed biodynamically. Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to farming.
What is organic wine?

What is organic wine?

Organic wine is made with grapes farmed organically. Organic farming is a type of farming alternative to conventional farming.
What is vegan wine?

What is vegan wine?

Vegan wine is wine made without using animal products during the fining phase of the clarification process. Before wine is bottled it is usually clarified.