Passo Nero Passito - a fine organic wine from famous Sicilian producer Arianna Occhipinti made from dried Nero d’Avola grapes grown in sandy and chalky soil near Vittoria in Sicily. It is a concentrated dark ruby red wine with hints of red fruit jam and notes of licorice and chocolate in the bouquet. It is sweet with a finely balanced acidity that keeps it alive until a very persistent finish.
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|Producer||Az. Agr. Arianna Occhipinti|
|Classification||Passito Terre Siciliane I.G.T.|
|Wine style||Red sweet wine|
|Maturation||16 months in oak barrels, 6 months in the bottles, unfiltered|
|Pairs with||Sicilian cassata, mature cheeses, dark chocolate and desserts. Serve at 18-20 C.|
Ariana Occhipinti started her own winery only 15 years ago when she acquired a vineyard and a winery in the contrada Fossa di Lupo outside Vittoria in Southeastern Sicily. From the start she wanted to produce natural organic wines based on a firm belief in the land she was cultivating and the natural processes she was using. This involved accepting the diversity of soils, the slopes of the terrain, the altitude, and the originality of the vineyards. For her accepting means respecting. To respect the earth and its balance. Respect the vineyard with skillful gestures of a sensitive agriculture. To respect the fermentation through the use of local yeasts. Respect the wine as if it was a person. Respecting the nature in every gesture: from cultivation and pruning to the processing of the grapes. Everything must be in balance, which for her can be summarized as: from good grapes come good wines. Hence, all her wines are made from organically grown grapes, without the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical or synthetic fertilizers.