Sicily’s most elegant wines come from this small producer located in the hills around Messina.
Archaeological finds show evidence of wine production in the area since the fourteenth century BC. This production also gave birth to a thriving business that continued until the arrival of the Arabs, when it ceased completely until the end of the Arab domination. At the beginning of this century, the arrival of the phylloxera significantly reduced production and production has continued to decline until it reaches its minimum in 1985 when it risked disappearing altogether.
In a splendid 18th century Sicilian villa, Palari resumed production of this ancient and noble wine with the goal of finding, with the help of modern techniques, the qualities that made Faro famous throughout the world.
Vineyards in Faro of Santo Stefano in Messina are planted with ancient indigenous grapes with evocative names such as: nerello, cappuccio, nocera tignolino palumba, core ‘ and acitana, galatena, calabrese, and others. All grapes that make up the Faro DOC.
The winemaking philosophy under Salvatore Geraci is simple: make two wines with the same indigenous grapes but with different selections. His Rosso del Soprano, a blend based on a wine known in antiquity as Mamertino, comes from the native nerello mascalese, nerello cappuccio, and nocera grapes. The primary wine to be featured from Palari is Faro. Here the wine includes a finer selection of the same grapes to make this a Tre Bicchieri winner. Faro (which means lighthouse) is a little DOC, almost the smallest in Italy. With just above 6 hectares (15 acres) in the DOC area, the production is clearly tiny. Sicily’s increasing focus on modern production techniques and international varieties has had some great success, as at the Planeta estate; but Palari provides a refreshing respite from this trend with their great indigenous wines.