Mostly Frappato with Nero d'Avola; two varietals that are native to Sicily and are grown on red sand soils over limestone rock. The vines average 15 years old on four different sites, and they are organically farmed and hand-harvested, The wine is named "SP68" for the road near Arianna's home vineyard in Vittoria, Sicily.
“Can you have a good Italian wine without having wines from Arianna Occhipinti?” The verdict: probably not.
Occhipinti, now in her 30's has been making wine in Sicily’s southeastern Vittoria since she was 22 years old. And nearly since the beginning, her wines, made from indigenous grapes like frappato and zibibbo, have had a following around the world. Here was this young, brazen, funny and curious winemaker who was producing a whole new breed of dynamic, elegant natural wines that no one had ever seen from that part of the globe. And, as they say, the rest is history!