Photo: Gianfranco Sabbatino (L) and Andrea Barzagli
Faro is one of Italy's smallest DOC's with less than thirty hectares under vine, located on the north eastern tip of Sicily in the Messinesi hills wedged between two seas - the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian that meet at the Messina Strait.
Le Casematte was named after the two casemates in the vineyards that served
as observatories and defensive structures during World War II. The terraced
vineyards (some with a gradient of 70 degrees) are planted between 250 and 370
metres above sea level on clayey-sandy-calcareous soil. The vines here
b enefit from the constant sea breezes of
the Messina Strait, especially the howling Sirocco wind during summer, and there
are significant day/night temperature variations. This adds up to fruit rich
wines with wonderful aromatic qualities that show beautiful freshness and
balance with a strong sense of place.