Summary Box: Prize-winning wine from ex-Mafia land

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Sicily region governor Raffaele Lombardo tastes a glass of red wine at the 46th edition of the annual International Wine and Spirits Exhibition "Vinitaly", in Verona, northern Italy, Monday, March 26, 2012. "The companies show that by defeating the Mafia you can begin to legally produce wines, oil and high-quality agricultural goods in the interest of the workers and the producers," Sicily's governor Raffaele Lombardo told The Associated Press at Vinitaly on Monday.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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TRY THE WINE: New Sicilian winemakers are making an offer you can't refuse. Organized into new economic cooperatives, they're making prize-winning wines from grapes cultivated on land once held by the Mafia.

BACK TO PRODUCTIVITY: The vineyards are part of a joint project by the European Union and the Italian government to integrate ex-Mafiosi property in Sicily, Calabria, Puglia and Campagna back into the legal economy.

SYMBOL OF REBIRTH: The project aims to boost the economy with new jobs and a culture that rejects organized crime. It involves 125 hectares (300 acres) of vineyards plus 800 hectares (nearly 2,000 acres) of olive and citrus trees, grains and vegetables.

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