Power to the People

Story by Gina Tringali
Photos by Susan Wright

Land confiscated from organized crime and turned over to social co-operatives has spawned a new generation of Sicilian organic winemakers who are not only providing fully paid work, but are earning praise for their quality produce.

As part of the Libera Terra (Free Land) project, the vineyards of Centopassi are a symbol of liberty, struggle and success. I Cento Passi (“One Hundred Steps”) is the name of a film dedicated to Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato, the young Sicilian radio broadcaster and anti-mafia labour organiser, who was murdered because of his dogged fight against organised crime. Like Peppino, the Centopassi founders are pioneers; planting, growing and establishing the future vines of Sicily.

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