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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.

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egion: Sicily
Grape: Vermentino
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 7 years
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in tini with indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation
Aging: in cement tanks and old barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none



Region: Sicily
Grape: Nerello Mascalese, Frappato
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 7 years
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 1 month maceration on skins, fermentation in plastic, no temperature control
Aging: in cement tanks
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none



Region: Sicily
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Soil: sandstone, calcium, clay
Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 15 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in epoxy tanks with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 12 months in cement tanks
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none