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Azienda Agricola COS


Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti

REGION: Sicily

In 1980, Three friends Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano, and Giusto Occhipinti founded Azienda Agricola COS. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from. For the past 30 years, they have been creating their history and putting it into every glass of wine, telling the story of the ancestral lands and the wines that come from them. 

The Azienda Agricola COS works with biodynamic principles of agriculture, a method that is based on the philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. These teachings incorporate the ideas of organic agriculture while at the same time, they use a holistic approach that considers the earth and the vine to be part of one connected system that develops together. With this philosophy in mind, the COS winery works using ancient traditional techniques to cultivate the vines. 

They consider themselves as being the head of the family that looks after the vines, including pruning using methods that are beneficial to both the vines and the grapes. Biodynamic agriculture is based on a respect for what nature offers and not looking to ask for more than what is available. For this reason, there is a project to use the water from the winery and to compost the material that is left over after the pruning is complete. 

The compost is completely natural and chemical-free. The choice to follow biodynamic principles isn’t because it's trendy or in fashion but rather because that is the best method to show their respect for nature and for the shared passion for the viticultural work and love of the vines that grow in the vineyards.

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Also called Trinacria due to its roughly triangular shape, the region of Sicily is the largest island within the Mediterranean. It lies south of the Italian Peninsula, is separated from the rest of mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina, and hosts the active volcano Mount Etna – which still casts black ash over the island from time to time. 

Much of inland Sicily comprises hilly terrain. The usual Mediterranean climate reigns over the region, with summers being dry and hot and winters relatively warm, mild, and wet (although snow can fall in some hilly areas). The coastal areas, most notably in the southwest part of the region, may have searing-hot summers. Saharan winds often visit the island in the summer – coupled with scarce rainfall, some areas can experience water crises. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Nero d’Avola 
Frappato di Vittoria 
Nerello Mascalese 
Nerello Cappucio 
Cabernet Sauvignon 

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