Occhipinti is located in Vittoria, in the southwestern corner of Sicily, and winemaker Arianna Occhipintiâ€™s reputation seems to grow with every vintage. Her first vintage was 2004, though it wasnâ€™t until 2005 that her wines were internationally distributed. Arianna has a total of 10 hectares of Nero dâ€™Avola and Frappato vines that, since April of 2009, have been farmed using biodynamic methods, which she believes has added to the overall expression of the soil . Long known as a blending grape, Frappato, in the hand of Arianna Occhipinti, is an extraordinary wine. Light in color yet remarkable in complexity with notes of cherry, raspberry and white pepper, this wine shows cool climate characteristics in Siciily. 70% of the frappato is macerated for two months on its skins, while the other 30% stayed on its skins for eight months.