“The Tuscan Archipelago is an earthly paradise, of which Gorgona is
the wildest, most luminescent of Aphrodite’s pearls. Beyond its apparent sullenness lies the indescribable seduction of perfumes and silences, and a nature that moves you with its strength and eternal growth... And around it, water and salt reflect messages from the heavens and bind laces to the sails.” (A. Bocelli - 2014)
The Gorgona project began in August 2012 thanks to the partnership between Frescobaldi and Gorgona, the only island penitentiary in Europe. Here, inmates spend the final years of their sentence, working and living in close contact with nature, while developing skills to support their return to society and the workforce.
In a small vineyard located in an amphitheatre-shaped area that overlooks the sea, the project aims to provide inmates with practical experience in the areas of grape cultivation and winemaking by working closely with Frescobaldi agronomists and oenologists. Today, the vineyard measures two hectares, including the original plot and a second area planted in 2015. From this vineyard of Vermentino and Ansonica grapes emerges Gorgona, the fruit of a unique location and human toil, a symbol of hope and freedom.
With its delightful straw-yellow colour, Gorgona 2017 is bright and imbued with golden reflections. The bouquet surprises with its intensity and elegance, offering aromas of Mediterranean scrubland, rosemary, rockrose and Italian straw flower (helichrysum italicum), which combine to create a decisive fruity note reminiscent of cedar, pineapple and mature exotic fruits. A taste of Gorgona immerses you in the island setting through a pronounced iodine and mineral note of sublime freshness.
From the island of Gorgona, the smallest island of the Tuscan archipelago, located 20 miles west of Livorno, 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, 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 amphitheater which overlooks the sea. The vineyard is managed by the inmates using organic farming techniques and the last vintage produces only 3850 bottles (3700 0,75 lt and 150 Magnum).
Although summer temperatures were well above average, the marine winds mitigated the effects of the heat on the vines and grapes, resulting in a vintage to be remembered. The sea plays an important role in the island’s microclimate by mitigating temperatures throughout the year. Because of it, autumn is not excessively rainy, winter is quite mild, spring is pleasantly temperate, and summer, though hot, is breezy. On the island of Gorgona, the vines’ growing phases begin approximately 20 days earlier than on the mainland, but they also last longer.
The beginning of winter saw a number of considerable rain events before settling down at season averages. Spring was quite dry with regular and well-distributed rainfall. During the warmer months and throughout the harvest, rain was quite scarce. The grapes reached a perfect stage of ripeness and remained in good health throughout the long harvest, producing a wine with great organoleptic qualities.
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.