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An Italian White Wine Made By Prisoners

Here's a story about prison wine that's not what you'd expect. Thrillist reports about a project between historic Tuscan producer Marchesi de' Frescobaldi and a prison on the island of Gorgona. The wine, named "Frescobaldi per Gorgona", is a blend of grapes that are planted on the island, Vermentino and Ansonica. Fifty inmates contributed to the production of the wine under the project helmed by Lamberto Frescobaldi.

The prison's director, Maria Grazia Giampiccolo, stated, “Gorgona is a successful example of good penitentiary management. Inmates get job training, working and living in contact with nature.” The initiative was also welcomed by the Italian Minister for Justice. Additionally, Frescobaldi has pledged to hire some of the workers upon their release.

1,000 bottles of the 2,700 bottle total production are headed to the United States; you'll find it at Del Posto in New York, among other restuarants.



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