Stefano Farina - We are proud of our history: that of Stefano Farina and his love for the land and for wine. That of his three sons: three brothers who not only inherited their father’s passion,but who, in turn, have passed it on to following generations.
This is the story of our family. This is the history of our company.Our story began in a trattoria, in the 1930s. Stefano and his wife Giovanna were the hosts, serving delicious meals, but of course, there were wines as well! When Stefano realized that winemaking interested him much more than food, he decided to take on the challenge of creating a full-fledged winery. It took some time, but finally opened in 1939, notwithstanding the winds of war in the air.
With unbounded determination, he pursued his passion for wine, undeterred by world events. In 1941, Stephen and Giovanna moved to Erba, which became the hub for his family and those following in his footsteps. Bruno, Giancarlo and Gino – their children – lived there, with their wives and later with their own offspring. Ours was, and is, a real Italian family: we know that the key to success is sharing. You cannot have good wine without good viticulture. Over the years, Stefano passed on his passion for wine to his second son, Giancarlo. Inspired, Giancarlo headed to Alba, to study enology. It was the most natural decision: fueled by his father’s passion true – but it was also something that stirred him personally, his calling in life. On completing his studies, he knew that simply bottling and selling someone else’s wines would not satisfy him: he wanted to make his own.
Giancarlo’s studies took him to Piedmont, one of the best territories for winemaking in Italy. It was here that a simple idea took shape: one that his father and brothers enthusiastically supported. They decided to take to the stage in the historical wine centers of Italy.
In the mid-1970s, we bought La Morra estate, and Piedmont became a part of our family heritage. The farmstead La Traversa, on La Morra estate, was our first winery. As of today, that idea has grown to include five estates found in Piedmont, Tuscany and Apulia.
Our success grew from that first purchase, and over the years we have made four more. Our goal is unchanged: we aim to be leaders in the finest Italian terroirs. Each step we take is carefully considered, and the final decisions are discussed and shared by all, father and sons. Forward thinking? Yes, but down to earth.
After La Morra came Chianti Classico, then Alba and Casentino. Finally, we set up in Salento, that gracious land by the sea, birthplace of the first wines our founder sold. Given its link to our family history, Apulia holds a very special place in our hearts.