A sun- kissed red land, covering a layer of limestone rock, is shaken by headwinds seeping through the dry stone walls and diffusing the scent of the Mediterranean scrub and olive trees.
It is here that our vineyards are rooted, in the land where Luigi Ruggiero, doctor and farmer, in 1989 gathered a group of winemakers to enhance the local production combining the traditional practices with the most modern techniques of vinification.
With the harvest of 1961, the Cooperative Society Cantine Lizzano was created producing the wine of the first grapes bestowed by the 111 partners, pioneers of the economic and social development of this part of Italy which was, until then, a victim of agricultural policies and conditions of sales decided elsewhere.
Our company is one of the first examples of short supply chain, and in 1989 it received the Controlled Designation of Origin label (DOC). Today the cooperative is one of the biggest and most modern cooperative of South Italy, with more than 400 members and 500 hectares of vineyards with local grape varieties (Primitivo, Negroamaro, Malvasia, Moscato) and international grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot and Cabernet). Furthermore, the cooperative is the only one in Italy managed by a woman, Rita Macripò, who continues to carry on the founding values of the company with the same passion of its founder.
The cooperative is located in Lizzano, a small town from which it takes its name, in the heart of Salento. It is a strip of arid and rocky land, between two seas, a natural and wild setting that preserves ancient villages, jewels of the “Lecce Baroque”.
Lizzano is a charming place: its decorative elements, the arches, the bell towers and front doors mark the belonging to an ancient culture.