San Patrignano is one of Italy’s largest
rehabilitation centers for recovering drug addicts. It welcomes all
young men and women who have serious drug abuse problems, regardless of
ideology, social background, or religion – and completely free of
charge. Since 1978, the center has taken in over 18,000 people, offering
them a home, healthcare, legal assistance, and the opportunity to
study, learn a job, change their lives, and regain their status as full
members of society.
While San Patrignano may represent one of the most unusual ventures in
the Italian wine world, winemaking was among the organization’s earliest
initiatives and has become this rehabilitative community’s best-known
and most successful endeavor. The wines of San Patrignano, distributed
around the world, have earned many accolades from leading critics.
Though the chief focus of winemaking at San Patrignano is to provide
residents with new skills, it is also regarded as a means of
“reawakening light in a dark soul through passion and caring.” As such,
winemaking at the center embraces an unfailing dedication to quality,
from the community’s immaculately maintained vineyards to each step in
the vinification and packaging processes. San Patrignano wines are
created from vineyard to bottle to label design by members of this
special community and have led many to discover a newfound passion for
life.For more information about San Patrignano, visit their website here.