“I’m glad you like it,” said Giovanni Scarfone from Azienda Agrigola Bonavita. Giovanni has six hectares of Nerello mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera in the tiny appellation Faro DOC in Sicily. In total, the appellation has fifteen producers.
Giovanni Scarfone’s vineyard is beautifully situated at the Strait of Messina, with a view over Stromboli. The road leading there is less beautiful and our bus driver stops before we arrive. He refuses to continue on the meandering narrow road. We walk the last bit. Once we arrive, we can only conclude that it is worth it. Here the vines grow trained as small bushes, alberello, with the blue sea as background.
The wine cellar is nothing other than the Scarfone family’s garage. Here the watchword is simplicity. No high-tech machines. No spraying in the vineyard, except the unavoidable copper sulphate. Giovanni adds the minimum amount of sulphur to the finished wine.
Bona Vita Faro DOC is made from Nerello mascalese with a few percent of Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera . Long maceration (skin contact) and ageing in used oak barrels for fourteen months.
A wine with elegant tannins, plenty of fruit and spices. Long aftertaste that makes you dream of Giovanni’s vineyards overlooking the sea. Bonavita Faro DOC 2010 around 20 euros, if you can get hold of a bottle!
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