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The inhabitants of Giglio Island have lived for centuries on the island's natural bounty: fish, rabbit, vegetables, wild fruits and fine grapes. Although agriculture has played only a minor role in local sustenance, in recent years there has been an increasing trend to return to the cultivation and consumption of local produce. The establishment of new farms and farmers' cooperatives has resulted in award-winning, top quality island products such as:
Ansonaco is the classic wine of Giglio, a dry white, almost amber in color, light and smooth with hints of Madeira and resin. Awarded with 3 glasses of the prestigious Gambero Rosso, its relatively high alcohol content and marked minerality are ideal with vegetable soups, fish, crustaceans, and other seafood. In 1552, the Italian historian Paolo Giovio said about Giglio "Insula suavissima vino celebris" (Historiarum sui temporis), referring to the island's celebrated local wine. The Ansonaco grapes were also praised by the writer Stendahl, who, while working in Civitavecchia as French consul, wrote: «De ma fenétre j'ai une vue et un air admirable. Je jette dans la mer les grappes d'un excellent raisin qu'on nous apporte de l'Ile de Giglio». (Correspondance indite 1855).
Giglio also produces a red table wine historically known as "Giglio's choice," blended from various varietals such as Sangiovese, Muscat, Ttrebbiano, and other lesser-known grapes, resulting in a decidedly complex bouquet.
The high quality of Giglio honey has won international recognition, earning the Biolmiel award for 2008. Obtained through sustainable practices, our honey has an intense aromatic flavour of marvelous cistus flowers, myrtle, helichrysum, heather and rosemary growing wild throughout this enchanting island in the Tuscan archipelago. Inspected by the Institute for the Certification of Ethics and Environment.
Our kitchens produce a variety of delicious jams, marmalades and preserves, all made from local fruit grown on Giglio island.