A group of inmates on a remote prison island off the coast of Italy have started producing their own wine.

The prisoners are incarcerated on the tiny island of Gorgona, the farthest flung speck of the Tuscan archipelago. The island has been a penal colony since 1869. The inmates planted a vineyard recently and have now produced 2,700 bottles of white wine, a blend of Vermentino and Ansonica grapes.

They will not be allowed to sample it themselves – instead it will go on sale to restaurants and wine bars around Italy, starting next week.

The wine, called ‘Frescobaldi per Gorgona’, is sufficiently decent to have been given the official DOC appellation – the equivalent of France’s Appellation d’Origine Protegee.


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