Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by three friends Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano, three school friends who were interested in recreating the wines of their ancestors.
The founding of COS coincided during a period of great demand for Sicilian wines. Phylloxera had devastated most of the world’s top winegrowing regions, but had not yet reached the island. After a few vintages working conventionally, the trio knew that they were still missing the mark, as the terroir of their beloved Vittoria was being masked and marred by additives and oak, not to mention that the health of their vineyards and soils was suffering.
They reverted back to the methods of their ancestors, implementing organic agriculture and foregoing the use of new oak in favour of old large-format foudres and clay amphora. These changes and a lot of hard work put COS on the path to showing the world the potential of Sicily’s terroir and its ability to produce complex, pure and fresh wines despite its location at the very Southern tip of Italy.
Today COS is considered a benchmark producer in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.