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Azienda Agricola COS was founded by Giambattista (Titta) Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino (Rino) Strano, three school friends who wanted to recreate the work of their ancestors.

The acronym (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strano) not only represents the company’s name, but also the beginning of a remarkable partnership. Soon, the trio became the youngest winemakers in Italy when they bought Joseph Cilia’s old family winery. Located in the historic wine area of Bastonaca near to Vittoria citty. The vineyard measured just over a mere three hectares. Their first harvest on October 5 produced only 1470 bottles; nevertheless, this marked the beginning of their adventures and the radical restructuring of the region of Cerasuolo di Vittoria. 

In order to interpret the unique territory of Vittoria, the owners decided to accept the principles of biodynamics. This helped them to find and maintain a harmonious balance with nature, as well as craft wines that are as representative as possible of their time and place. The research of the best expression of terroir bring them, in 2000 to first experiments of vinification in the amphorea – the pot in clay. The old oak barrels were replaced by 150 amphoras, one of the largest collections in the world, and they began making Cerasuolo di Vittoria also in the clay pots called Pithos Rosso. 

Their love of the region and its singular terroir produces some of the finest wines Italy has to offer.

 

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