Azienda Agricola COS Contrada 2019

Type: Red
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Grape Variety: 100% Nero d’Avola
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Certified Organic

Climate: Warm Mediterranean climate, tons of sunshine, and lots of heat
Terroir: The Nero d’Avola vines for the Contrada red wine are approximately 50 years old and grow in the red sand soils of the Cos vineyards near Vittoria at an altitude of 230 meters
Winemaking: Grapes are harvested from the end of September to the first days of October. Spontaneously fermented on the skins with indigenous yeasts. Aged in Slavonian barrels and bottle

Color: Ruby red
Nose: On the nose, it expresses beautiful notes of small red fruits, dried violet, brine and thyme
Palate: In the mouth, it is fresh, very fine, characterized by great balance and a decisive and persistent finish, with notes of pomegranate

About the Winery:
Founded by Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti, Azienda Agricola COS (the initials of their last names form the winery’s name) has been one of Italy’s most forward-thinking wineries since its inception in 1980. The owners have helped to launch a renaissance in Sicilian fine wine, particularly in elevating the standing of the island’s only DOCG wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

The winery itself dates back to the 1880’s during a period in which there was huge demand for Sicilian wines. Phylloxera had already devastated many of the world’s top wine-growing regions but it had not yet reached the island. Sicily has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 8th century BC when the Greeks first planted grapes in the eastern part of the Island. It is only more recently though that true top-quality wines and winemaking have 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.

COS practices biodynamic farming and was certified organic in 2007. The owners use concrete tanks or clay amphorae–the oldest vessel for ageing wine–for all of their wines. In many cases, the juice remains in contact with the skin for extended periods. Giusto feels these extended macerations help the wine obtain natural preservatives which in turn allows them to conduct ageing and élévage with little or no added sulfur until the bottling (and then there is only a small addition). The wines are fresh, vibrant and beguiling, thanks in part to the soils in the Vittoria region which are blessed with limestone substrates under 1-2 feet of red clay.