The Sicilian wines of Lamoresca

From his vineyards high in the hills of Sicily’s rugged interior, Filippo Rizzo makes some of the most exciting wines on the island.

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, Filippo farms five hectares of vineyards and olive groves planted over a mix of sand and clay at an elevation of 430 metres above sea level. This makes for rather dramatic differences in temperature between day and night, a real boon when growing grapes in this typically Mediterranean climate. 

Even in warmer vintages such as last year, Filippo’s wines always seem to find a balance between intense, sun-kissed fruit, savoury, mineral notes and a refreshing character so welcome in this part of the world.  

These wines are now live on Tutto a Casa

LAMORESCA Bianco 2019
Vermentino Corso from Filippo’s young vines planted over clay and limestone. This spent two days on skins, followed by nine months in a single three thousand litre cask. Compact and powerful, it impresses with layers of citrus and spice, fine tannins and a clean, salty finish.

LAMORESCA Rosso 2019
A selection of Nero d’Avola and Frappato from forty year old vines in Filippo’s home vineyard, planted over clay and sand. This fermented on the skins in plastic tini for a month before being pressed off to concrete for nine months of élevage. A wine that feels resolutely Mediterranean with soft tannins, dark fruits, flowers and wild herbs.