Florence, Italy (PRWEB) July 14, 2014
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, the legendary 700-year old Tuscan winemaking company, presents Gorgona 2013, the second vintage of the Vermentino and Ansonica blend produced by prisoners on the homonymous penitentiary island. Created in August 2012, the Frescobaldi for Gorgona project aims to give inmates the opportunity to gain professional work experience in winemaking by offering concrete employment opportunities at the end of their prison term.
Of the 2,500 750ml bottles and 200 magnums produced in total, all numbered, respectively 540 and 40 of them will be available in select top restaurants in the United States starting from October. All proceeds from sale of the wine will be reinvested in maintaining and expanding the project in the future. This past spring, Frescobaldi planted another hectar of vines to allow more inmates to work in the vineyard.
In addition, thanks to an idea of winery president Lamberto Frescobaldi, the project will be supported this year by an exceptional partner—the worldwide acclaimed tenor Andrea Bocelli, who wrote a testimonial and signed the label.
“Lamberto Frescobaldi asked me to support this fantastic project and I’m very happy to be part of it. It entwines two of my big passions, vineyards and the Tuscan archipelago,” says Mr.Bocelli. “Gorgona is the most enchanting of the islands and yet the one that has suffered the most. Visionary ideas like this are worth supporting and promoting.”
“I’m very proud of this project, which moves me emotionally,” continues Lamberto Frescobaldi. “This year I’ve been able to involve a famed personality who has got a fantastic sensibility for social issues. I hope that the partnership will increase the awareness of the project and serves as an example of social sustainability for the future."
Gorgona penitentiary director Carlo Mazzerbo also actively took part. “It’s highly gratifying to see this project growing. Our main goal is to raise awareness of the social issues in prisons and give hope to people to start a new life once they’re out.”
Other partners of the project include Giorgio Pinchiorri—owner of Enoteca Pinchiorri, one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the world—who will provide a scholarship to one select inmate after his sentence is carried out; Simonetta Doni of Studio Doni & Associates, the leading label designer for Italian wines, who volunteered to create the original label of Gorgona; and Argotractors, which supplied the tractors for use in the vineyard.
Marchesi de’Frescobaldi is represented in the U.S. by Folio Fine Wine Partners, based in Napa, CA.
About Marchesi de Frescobaldi – http://www.frescobaldi.it
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, the leading wine producer of Tuscany and one of the most historic and respected wine companies in the world, combines centuries of tradition with progressive winemaking techniques and practices. Founded in the 14th century and a supplier of wines to the royal courts of Europe for generations, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is still a family-owned company today. Comprised of nine distinct estates totaling approximately 1,100 hectares, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi produces wines utilizing only the grapes grown in its own vineyards. The company continually upgrades and modernizes its grape growing and winemaking operations, maintaining a relentless focus on producing unique wines that express the individuality of each unique terroir from which they are produced.
About Folio Fine Wine Partners – http://www.foliowine.com
Folio Fine Wine Partners was founded in 2004 by Michael Mondavi and his wife, Isabel, with their children, Dina and Rob Jr.. Folio is an importer, fine wine agency and producer of quality wines from the world's premiere and emerging wine regions, providing sales, marketing and public relations services to wine brands from California, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain. Wines under the Michael Mondavi Family Estate include Emblem, Hangtime, Isabel Mondavi, M by Michael Mondavi, Oberon, and Spellbound. From Italy, are the wines of Arnaldo Caprai, Attems, Bruno Giacosa, Coppo, Dal Forno Romano, Danzante, Donnafugata, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Luce della Vite, Quorum, Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia and Villa Sandi. The Spanish portfolio includes Artadi, Capafons-Ossó, Fillaboa, Leda, Nita, Palacios Remondo and Vall Llach, with Laurenz V (Austria), and Prinz von Hessen (Germany) completing the portfolio.