All phases of the production process at Villa Massa have been subjected to careful evaluation by the Bureau Veritas Italia S .p. a. who have judged the entire company quality control system to be in complete conformity with the requisites of international quality regulation ISO 9001:2008.
Our lemons are grown under cover on chestnut poles not less than 3 metres in height or under vegetable shading. Harvesting is done by hand, without allowing the fruit to touch the ground. Only the best lemons are selected, those with no parasitic attacks or traces of chemicals.
These lemons are then taken to the factory and washed, dried and sent immediately to be mechanically peeled, where thin peelings are obtained. The extraction of the pith, or white part, is reduced to a minimum to avoid accentuating the liqueur's slightly bitter aftertaste.
The peelings are then immersed in stainless-steel containers containing pure alcohol of molasses to allow the aroma to diffuse. After a few days this process is considered exhausted and the peel is removed from the containers and drained. The infusion thus obtained is filtered several times and stored at a controlled temperature.
The infusion is then taken to be mixed either with a filtered syrup of purified water and refined sugar or with a delicate milky cream, depending on whether it is intended for a spirit liqueur or a creamy one. After a period of settling and testing, the liqueur or cream is sent to one of our three automatic bottling and packaging lines.
From there, the product is transferred by an automatic elevator (line to a cool room built out of compact tuff which maintains a constant natural temperature). Both Villa Massa liqueurs and creams are living products which love to be kept cool and out of direct sources of light.
It is to take better care of the product and its taste and aroma that Villa Massa recommend first and foremost that bottles of Limoncello should be kept in the freezer, and the bottle is specially designed for this.
However, a Limocello cream should be kept in the fridge rather than the freezer as its lower alcohol content would allow it to freeze solid.