From Platform to Cellar

The Paguro platform, launched in 1963 in Porto Corsini, in September 1965 was preparing for the last of its missions: the drilling of the PC7 well to reach a field almost three kilometers deep. It was September 29th, when the unexpected happened: the drill damaged a second field, rich in gas at very high pressure.

The fire

The safety measures adopted were of no use: the fury of the abyss was unleashed in an angry and uncontrollable eruption.

The engulfed platform caught fire - burning together with the lives of three Agip technicians: Pietro Peri, Arturo Biagini and Bernardo Gervasoni - and sank into the abyss. After an initial bewilderment, its underwater metamorphosis begins in silence, it offers itself boldly and becomes an unexpected home to unexpected forms of life: hermit crabs, scorpion fish, lobsters, crabs, oysters take possession of the wreck

The rebirth

From 1965 to today, the sunken methane platform has thus been reborn, transforming itself into an underwater oasis, declared a Site of Community Importance in 1995, which fascinates its visitors with the charm of its luxuriant and shy life.

A wonder is born from a catastrophe, sealing the dichotomy between past and present, making the pact of yesterday and today.

Without that nefarious event, the home of the strangest species of our seas would never have been born, the cradle of the wines of Tenuta del Paguro would never have been born.

The comparison

In 2008, during a friendly chat with Tonino Guerra, Gianluca Grilli learns about the history of the Paguro Platform. Curiosity is intertwined with a passion for food and wine, and Gianluca begins a path of research and enological innovation regarding the relationship over time between brackish water and wine.

The roots of this relationship lie deep in history, since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Hence the first winery to practice underwater refinement.

The idea

With the collaboration of a team of divers, Gianluca sank the cases of wine from Tenuta Del Paguro into the reef of the wreck of the Paguro platform, at a depth of 30 metres.

Years of research, which still continues, lead to a better knowledge of the method and scientific bases that give the wine of Tenuta Del Paguro its unique and unmistakable characteristics: the absence of UV rays, the constant temperature, the water pressure salty, the harmonious massage of sea currents.

In respect and protection of the natural ecosystem of the Paguro oasis, only 1,200 bottles per type of wine are immersed every year.

Our wines

Pagurus

Pagurus

Sangiovese

Pagurus riserva

Pagurus riserva

Sangiovese Riserva

Homarus

Homarus

Merlot

Squilla Mantis

Squilla Mantis

Albana

Nephrops

Nephrops

Cabernet

Mare Urchin

Mare Urchin

Spumante