Italian Prison Wine To Hit U.S. Shelves in Fall

Staff Writer
As part of a project with the Italian prison island of Gorgona, 50 inmates worked and created a wine, Frescobaldi per Gorgona

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As part of a project with the Italian prison island of Gorgona, 50 inmates worked and created a wine, Frescobaldi per Gorgona.

While “prison wine” may not conjure up desire in many people, a new vintage of wine hopes to prove otherwise. made in an Italian prison will soon be available in the U.S.

A vintage of Frescobaldi per Gorgona, made in an Italian prison, will soon be available in the U.S. As part of a project with the Italian prison island of Gorgona partnered with wine producer Marchesi de Frescobaldo, 50 inmates worked and created 2,700 bottles of the white wine Frescobaldi per Gorgona, according to Beverage Daily.

The project was created with the notion that 80 percent of prisonors who work in programs such as these in prison will not land back in jail. The project was welcomed by Anna Maria Cancellieri, the Italian Minister for Justice, who said this innovative socially conscious program could be replicated at other prisons, according to a press release.

“I am personally committed to this project and proud of the work done by the population of Gorgona as well as my team,” said Lamberto Frescobaldi, CEO of Marchesi de Frescobaldi in a press release.

Of the 2700 bottles produced, 1,000 will be imported to the US in the fall by Folio Fine Wine Partners, according to Beverage Daily. The bottles are estimated to retail for $66. 

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