This story begins with three young friends who were trying to keep busy one summer. It has culminated with the creation of one of the most legendary and important wineries in Sicily.
AT A GLANCE
COS is a legendary producer that helped pave the way for the natural wine movement. It all started in 1980 with three friends fresh out of high school. The three friends; Giambattista ‘Titta’ Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano, started making wine with some of the family vineyards and they were hooked - COS is an acronym for their last names. They returned to the roots of winemaking, eventually adding Amphora for aging some of the wines -Amphora (Pithos) are large clay pots that predated barrels. In the heart of Sicily's only DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, COS is producing some of the most respected natural wines in the world, while still maintaining the classic style and character of their region. Certified organic with biodynamic practices.
LOCATION: Argentina > Mendoza
REGION: Uco Valley: Los Arboles, Altamira, San Carlos
WINEMAKERS: Jason Mabbett and Duncan Killiner
ESTATE OWNERS: Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach
FARMING: Non-certified organic farming without pesticides. Only organic fertilizer and Bordeaux mixture are used in the vineyards.
KEY GRAPE VARIETIES: Malbec and Pinot Noir