September 11, 2016

In The Wine Cellars of Occhipinti Sicily

By In Photographs, Visiting Sicily
One of the famed Sicilian wine producers of recent years – Occhipinti was another of the stops on the excellent Explora tour of Sicily. The wines may divide opinion; but the visit including a wander through the underground cellars, to the edge of the vines under a blazing sun and an indepth tasting was fascinating. We didnt get to meet Arianna Occhipinti herself though. According to Bill Nesto MW “She owns seven hectares of vines in the Fossa di Lupo contrada. She brought her farm to life in 2004, the year after making her first wine., She steers away from barriques, instead using large oak casks (seen here) and stainless steel tanks, though she would like to eventually swap out the steel for cement”. Aaaah, nothing tops a bit of concrete tank action…

I’ve a whole bunch of photos from the Occhipinti visit and cant believe I haven’t posted an of them yet, nor written about the visit. As a taster this photograph was taken in the cellars.

In The Wine Cellars of Occhipinti Sicily

In The Wine Cellars of Occhipinti Sicily

“Vittoria, wine, vineyard, dry stone walls. This is my land. Early in the morning the sun rises on the Iblei Mountains, while the sky turns red in layers and the warm light spreads amongst the rows of “Fossa di Lupo”, my district. I love the grapes of these places, Frappato and Nero d’ Avola. I feel myself in their expression, in being harmonic and unequal. I love the strength of the know-how to bring in the past and the future at the same time” Occhipinti

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