Our Story

   5 Generations of  Liqueur Making   

Andrea and Marzia were born in Northern Italy with Andrea’s family originating from Sicily and Marzia’s family originating from Mantova, Lombardy. Emigrating together in 2007, we set up a family home in magical Kerikeri and have raised three children. A second generation of Sovrano, our two sons Paolo and Stefano, are now working in the family business too.


Marzia’s family has been in the winemaking business for generations and Andrea’s family has had a tradition of making liqueurs. With our combined family experience and having tasted many hundreds of different Limoncello in our lifetime, we know the importance of using fresh and perfect ingredients.


The secret of Limoncello must be in the persistent and pleasant not pungent aftertaste.

After we had found the best lemons in the Bay of Islands and the purest distilled alcohol produced in New Zealand, we began to develop the best and purest Sovrano Limoncello in early 2009. 

Fresh Kerikeri lemons are harvested at the right time of year to maximise their flavour. The zest, which is rich in lemon oils, is removed by hand and then placed in alcohol to release and preserve its flavour and scent. Sugar is added to balance acidity and then we let time, taste and experience decide when to bottle.


From the very beginning it has been a success throughout New Zealand and continues to grow every day.


After conquering the New Zealand market, Andrea and Marzia took Sovrano Limoncello to the world stage. By competing and winning awards at the highest international level we have raised the quality and recognition of New Zealand-made Sovrano Limoncello to the greatest level.


Our goal is to continue to produce the best and finest Limoncello liqueur made in New Zealand.


Enjoy the gift of our love for Limoncello, from our family to you.