Lamoresca is situated in the heart of Sicily, in the small town of San Michele di Ganzaria, in the “Gigliotto” district. The farm is beautifully situated on a set of rolling hills in Sicily’s interior, with the only reference point being the smouldering peak of Etna peering over the hills.
In 2000. Filippo Rizzo purchased his first piece of land, an olive grove with 46 very ancient olive trees of the local “Moresca” variety, after which he named the farm “Lamoresca”.
Year after year the farm has grown and now they cultivate roughly 10 hectares of land between vineyard and olive grove with the greatest respect for nature. Five hectares are dedicated to vines that are up to 60 years old. The soil is comprised of sandstone and clay. The climate is typical Mediterranean: very warm and dry during the summer, with very little rain. There are rather dramatic differences in temperature between day and night, a real boon in this typically Mediterranean climate. The chosen grape varieties are well adapted to our soil and climate.
Filippo is wary of dogma and simply seeks to make the best wine that each vintage allows. Grapes are only picked when completely ripe and the wines offer complexity, density and balance.
Filippo works in the greatest respect for nature. Their products are artisanal and organic, bio-certified by Q Certificazioni. They spend most of their time in the vineyard and olive grove, their true place of work. The weeds are managed mechanically and to nurture the soil they use cover crops, mostly local legumes. Only if necessary, sulphur based treatments are used against fungal diseases.
In the cellar they dedicate themselves to showcasing the year's work between the rows of vines.
The perfectly ripe grapes arrive in the cellar and are immediately destemmed. Fermentation occurs naturally, in open-top barrels; no yeast is added and the temperature is not controlled. For the red grapes, they practice long maceration on the skins, while for the white grapes only a brief maceration is used. The aging continues in a combination of cement tanks, plastic tanks and old wooden barrels.