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Giovanni Scarfone

Bonavita Faro

Bonavita Faro


Homer, Virgil, and Ovid described the Faro region as fertile and salubrious, gifted with a temperate climate and open, harmonious vistas. Many documents testify to the importance of the wines of Faro, spanning from ancient Greek times into the early 1900s, when many of its wines were exported as faraway as France. Production came to a halt in 1908, when an earthquake and tsunami devastated the town and agriculture of Messina, killing 70,000-80,000 people. In the Scarfone family (the proprietors of Bonavita), everyone except for the 19-year-old great-grandfather was killed. Those who survived the natural disasters and the subsequent World Wars were slow to return to the neglected vineyards, and the Faro wine region never recovered completely. As of 2014, there were only 20 hectares under vine in the entire DOC.

At Bonavita, Giovanni tends to the 2.5 hectares of vineyards, as well as to olive and lemon trees, chickens, and other vegetables on the farm. The approach to farming is polycultural, with the Nerelli and Nocera vines sharing space with fruit and olive trees, wheat, and chickens. There is no formal classification of the agricultural practices. One could describe it as “organic,” but in reality it is much more than this. The farm is like the Scarfone’s garden. They treat it with love, not chemicals.