Empson USA Ischia Sapori

Fact Sheet

Location: Ischia, Province of Naples. Campania, Italy.

Ischia Sapori sits on the island of Ischia, situated just off the coast of Naples near Capri. The Savastano Family has set up shop ? or rather a factory ? here as the island?s first and only producer to bottle the incredible flavors, colors, and aromas of Ischia?s bounty in the form of all-natural liqueurs.

Points of Differentiation

  • Ischia Sapori?s ingredients come from the Villa Spadara estate which covers 17 acres dedicated to citrus orchards, vineyards, olive trees and vegetable gardens.
  • The location between Lacco Ameno and Forio d?Ischia is sunny and well ventilated which is ideal for growing herbs and arugula.
  • The name Rucolino comes from rucola or arugula, Eruca Sativa, the leaves of which are employed to make this liqueur.
  • It is the first of its kind and a registered trademark.

The History

The family?s factory first set up shop 135 years ago, and in fact, the recipe for Rucolino, their signature amaro made from arugula, citrus, herbs and other unique ingredients is centuries old.

Bruno Savastano, the founder of Ischia Sapori, was born and raised in Naples in 1940. He followed in his father?s footsteps, working in his family?s prominent legal offices before realizing bureaucracy was not for him.

At this turning point in his life, he moved permanently to Ischia where he opened a restaurant and winery in the middle of the Sixties. The experience allowed him to express his passion for culinary arts and culture, as the two are linked. Bruno began developing unique products that soon became sought-after worldwide.

In keeping with current times, the winery was modernized in the 1970s and the 1980s, Bruno, with the indispensable help of his children, took it one step forward founding Ischia Sapori, the island?s first and only producer to bottle the incredible flavors, colors, and aromas of Ischia?s bounty in the form of all-natural liqueurs.

The Location

Ischia Sapori sits on the island of Ischia, situated just off the coast of Naples near Capri. Often called the ?green island? for its lush, mountainous landscape and Green Tuff of Ischia (light green volcanic rock), the island is indeed what remains of an extinct volcano. Ischia also enjoys the surrounding deep blue sea, a mild climate, full of glorious sunshine, and is particularly fertile, full of, citrus, Mediterranean pin trees, chestnut and olive trees as well as wine grapes. Without a doubt, it is the perfect place to make leafy liqueurs.

The ingredients for Ischia Sapori?s Amro grow on the island of Ischia, with some from the Villa Spadara estate, in the sunny, well-ventilated microclimate between Lacco Ameno and Forio d?Ischia. All production takes place on the property as well.