Producer wine
Lamoresca

COUNTRY :
Italy

REGION :
Sicily

PRODUCTION :

Filippo and Nancy Rizzo

Filippo Rizzo and his wife Nancy met over a decade ago when Filippo owned and operated a small restaurant in Belgium.  At that time, Filippo was among the first to be talking about and serving natural wines anywhere outside of Paris.  His family ties to Sicily imparted a passion for land preservation and the importance of additive free wine.

After years in restaurants and retail, Filippo decided to get back to the land the best way he knew how, become a winemaker.  With a scant 11 hectare farm, 4 of which are under vine, Filippo and Nancy have built the tiny Lamoresca estate from the ground up.  During the process of reviving his own olive groves and vines, Filippo spent several vintages with his friend and fellow winemaker Frank Cornelissen making wine high on the slopes of Mt. Etna.

Lamoresca is the only winery for roughly 50 square kilommeters and Filippo and his farm hand Gaetano work the land by hand with incredibly diligence.
Lamoresca is located in the southern most corner of the province of Catania, between Etna and Gela on the southern coast, at ~450 meters above sea level. The area has a combination of deeply compressed sandstone soils mixed with calcium and iron rich clay.  The old vines are a mixture of nero d’avola, grenache and nerocapitano (frappato) for the reds, and the extremely rare vermentino corso and some roussanne for the white; all of which are worked without the aid of any chemical or pesticide.  The wines are naturally fermented without temperature control and no sulfur is used at all throughout the process.

 

 

 

CUVÉES
Wine

Nerocapitano

Grape: Frappato
Vineyard Size: 4 Hectares
Soil: Sandstone, calcium, iron-rich clay
Yield: 25 hl/ha
Harvest: By hand.
Winemaking:  Fermentation in vertical plastic \\\”tini\\\” without temperature control, skin maceration for 15 days.
Aging: 12 months in cement tank.
Fining: No.
Filtration: No.
So2: 20 mg/L at bottling.

Wine

Rosso

Grape: Grenache-Nero d’Avola-Frapatto
Vineyard Size: 1.5ha
Soil: Clay
Average Age of Vines: 8 years
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: destemmed grapes macerated in open plastic vat
Aging: 1 year in concrete tank
Fining: No
Filtration: No
So2: 18mg/l

Wine

Bianco

Grape: Vermentino
Vineyard Size: 1.5ha
Soil: Limestone and sand
Average Age of Vines: 8 years
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: Direct press
Aging: 1 year in concrete tank
Fining: No
Filtration: No
So2: 35mg/l