GORGONA, ITALY - 27 JUNE 2014: Inmate Yang Guodong from Wongzhou (China) is here in the penitentiary vegetable garden he cultivates, in Gorgona, Italy, on June 27th 2014.
Gorgona is the smallest island of the Tuscan archipelago, located 18 miles west of Livorno, which became an experimental agricultural penal colony in 1869.
The “Frescobaldi per Gorgona” project provides inmates the opportunity to learn winemaking techniques and job skills under the supervision of the company’s agronomists and winemakers, led by Vice President Lamberto Frescobaldi himself. Fifty inmates contributed to the production of Gorgona, a white wine made from Vermentino and Ansonica grapes planted on the island of Gorgona in the Tyrrhenian Sea, close to the Tuscan coast. The Frescobaldi family purchased a hectare of old vineyards and will expand with more vineyards in the upcoming months. Total production is only 2,700 bottles, but 1,000 of the bottles will reach the US market through Frescobaldi importer Folio Fine Wine Partners, in the Fall.
Born in August 2012, the Gorgona initiative was financed by the Department of Penitentiary Administration and accomplished through the collaboration of the Gorgona Penitentiary's Directorate and Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi.