Faro wine is produced from grapes grown on the hills overlooking the Straits of Messina. Grape-growing and winemaking have been practiced in the Messina area since ancient times.
In the 19th century, the arrival of the phylloxera vine louse gravely damaged the vineyards. Although Messina winemaking appeared to be doomed, appearances were deceiving. For growers and winemakers decided in the darkest period to take the quality route. And a leading role in that effort was assigned to Faro, which is made in a zone that at the end of the last century was exporting huge quantities of wine to France to be used in the production of Bordeaux and Burgundy. That superior red wine, which goes well with most meals and especially roasted meats, has established a fine reputation.