Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by three friends in Sicily: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti. . The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from. In 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. They received an old family winery from Giambattista Cilia’s father Giuseppe Cilia and the nearby vineyard of bush trained vines in the famed town of Bastonaca. On October 5, 1980 they harvested their first vintage and made 1,470 bottles.
The winery follows the principles of biodynamic faming and for vinification, they decided to use terracotta vases that left no traces or aromas on the wine but were completely neutral vessels. In 2000, Pithos was born, a Cerasuolo di Vittoria that ferments and ages in amphora. In 2005, they made the first wine that bore the Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) designation, the only one in Sicily. As a natural wine maker, COS is a great success as forward thinker as well as pioneer in both low intervention and biodynamic viticulture. Their orange wines are particularly impressive.