Convict-Made Wine To Hit NYC Restaurants

on 17/02/14 at 11:03 am

Wine

prisoners-640x426Bottles of wine made by convicted murderers are to go on sale at some of New York’s most stylish restaurants, according to a report in The New York Post.

Mario Batali’s Del Posto, in Chelsea, and the Midtown Italian hotspot Felidia, are planning to serve up bottles of Frescobaldi per Gorgona DOC – a crisp white Vermentino and Ansonica blend - made by criminals incarcerated at a prison on a small Tuscan island.

Around 50 inmates imprisoned on the island pick grapes and steer tractors as part of a rehabilitation program launched in partnership with one of Italy’s most respected wine dynasties - Frescobaldi

One of the convicted murderers is Benedetto Ceraulo, the hit man hired to gun down Maurizio Gucci, of Italian fashion house Gucci, in 1995, the New York Post said.

The project to produce wine on the island was announced in June last year, by prominent Italian wine producer Frescobaldi having planted vines on the island a number of years ago.

Thirteenth generation family member and the company’s vice president Lamberto Frescobaldi, who worked on the project, described the wine as “intense, with a marvellous character.”

It is hoped the scheme will help prisoners get a job after they’re released.

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