The Winery Bonavita comes into being thanks to the determination of Scarfone’s family, who, have given new life to the great extensions of the very same vineyards that have been cultivated in the family for over a century.The objective of the winery is to contribute to revalue one of the most ancient Sicilian guaranted quality wines, the “Faro” of Messina (Faro is one of the oldest DOC of Sicily, born in 1976, It is located in the north-eastern tip of Sicily).
The winery extends over an area of a little over 7 hectares, 2.5 of which are vineyards, the rest are made up of olive, oak and chestnut trees.The vineyards situated at Faro Superiore and Curcuraci, rise on a steep hill overlooking the Strait of Messina at 250-300 metres above sea level.
Here, only the indigenus grapes are cultivated (Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera) and a low output per hectare is purposely maintained. One of the priorities of our farming techniques is to protect the environment: we avoid the use of chemical substances by introducing natural organic fertilizers only into the soil in autumn. Moreover, to defend the vines from parasites we use the authorized products of biological agriculture.
The harvest begins at the end of September and continues to the middle of October where choice grapes are gathered by hand and taken to the vine cellars which are only a few hundred metres away.
The fermentation for red wine “Faro D.o.c. Bonavita” begins by steeping the grapes with indigenous yeast, long maceration on the skins for about 20 days in steel vats, and then age the wine in one large conical oak barrel for about 20 months.
The rose’ wine is made with a short maceration, only 12 hours and after that the wine stays in steel vats for 6 months.
Our farm is in the village of Faro Superiore amidst the Peloritani mountain chain: a strip of land enclosed by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas, right on the Strait of Messina a place rich in history and legend. Homer, Virgil and Ovid write about this land, describing it as fertile and salubrious, gifted with temperate climate and open, harmonious vistas.
Faro Superiore takes its name from the ancient Greek population that founded it, the Pharii, who colonized the hills around Messina and developed agriculture and viticulture. Many documents testify the importance of the wines of Faro beginning from the ancient Greek times all the way to the 1900’s when many of its wines were exported to several regions of France.