Filippo Rizzo’s vines are fair and square in the middle of nowhere, on a raised patch of rolling hills in Sicily’s interior, the only reference point being the smouldering peak of Etna peering over the hills.
He has five hectares of vines up to sixty years old planted over a mix of sand and clay at an elevation of 430 metres above sea level. There are rather dramatic differences in temperature between day and night, a boon in this typically Mediterranean climate.
Filippo is wary of dogma and simply seeks to make the best wine that each vintage allows. For him these are wines made from fully ripe grapes, wines that offer complexity, density and balance.
Vineyard work is organic and the approach to winemaking is practical, with the aim to provide vibrant expressions of Sicily’s characterful grapes.