Gorgona Island, located 20 miles west of Livorno, the smallest in the Tuscan Archipelago. Since 1869 it has been an open penal colony. The mainly mountainous island was once a place of hermits and monks and subject to barbarian raids.
A blend of Vermentino and Ansonica, varietals that are now perfectly acclimated to their island environment. Gorgona is a white wine born from the collaboration of Marchesi Frescobaldi and the island’s penal institution. The Frescobaldi agronomists and oenologists have worked together with prisoners, since 2011, teaching them important skills that can be used at the end of their detention for an easier reintegration into society. The Gorgona wine comes from a small vineyard of about one hectare, located in the only area sheltered from strong sea winds, in the middle of an amphitheatre which overlooks the sea. The vineyard is managed by the inmates using organic farming techniques and the last vintage produces only 3850 bottles
This wine is a perfect expression of the namesake island it hails from and it evokes all the aromas of the Mediterranean brush, the minerality of the insular soils, and the crispness of the sea winds. Gorgona’s nose is rich in herbal notes of rosemary, thyme, hawthorn flowers and juniper that blend in harmony with the more complex notes of ripe white peach, pineapple, and cedar, which are the result of a longer ripening phase. In the mouth, the wine is extremely fresh with a touch of fruitiness that recalls the flavour of apricot jam. Lingering and inviting, Gorgona accompanies the drinker on a journey of discovery of this tiny but incredibly diverse island.
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