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International Soldera Case Basse Award for Young Researchers

The Soldera Award for Young Researchers was set up by Gianfranco Soldera in 2010. It was a result of his production philosophy which sees studies and the application of non-invasive advanced techniques as the key to achieving authentic natural vinegrowing that can produce a great quality wine.

The Soldera Award supports young researchers from all over the world who carry out studies on the Sangiovese variety

The Sangiovese variety grown in Montalcino is one of the excellences of Italian vinegrowing and winemaking and is appreciated both on a national and international level, as are the varietal wines it produces.

The aim of the Award is to finance research and attract researchers’ attention in order to encourage them to work on themes connected to natural vinegrowing and winemaking with the Sangiovese variety (e.g. cellar practices and chemical, physical and sensory characteristics of the wines).

The Soldera Award also gives space to side topics related to vinegrowing and winemaking (e.g. efficient management of a winery, commercial competition, entering new markets and communication).

Together with other events linked to studies and research, thanks to this award the Soldera winery has consolidated its role as a benchmark and breeding ground for young talent who want to play a leading role in the development of knowledge about the Sangiovese variety and its terroir wine.

How to take part in the Soldera Case Basse Award

The Soldera Case Basse Award is annual and open to researchers all over the world under the age of 35, or (in cases of studies requiring several years) who started their research before the age of 35.

To take part in the Soldera Award, research may be linked to vinegrowing, oenology, winemaking microbiology, marketing, markets, legislation, the relationship between wine and health, the influences of the Montalcino territory’s ecosystem on vinegrowing and other research whose main focus is the Sangiovese variety grown in the Montalcino territory and its varietal wines.

An announcement is published every year.

Download the 2018 announcement

Read all the articles on the International Soldera Award for Young Researchers

The winners of each edition of the International Soldera Case Basse Award for Young Researchers


“The influence of the training system on plant development and production and on the characteristics of Sangiovese grapes and wines: a comparison between single or double trunk ‘Greek-style’ bush-trained vines and spurred cordon in Montalcino, in the 2017 vintage”, by Dr. Yuri Romboli (University of Florence)


joint first place

“A non-targeted holistic approach for the characterization of wines”, by Dr Elena Piva and Dr Marco Bragolusi (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie – Vicenza)

“Application of quantitative real-time PCR to assess the efficiency of a simplified DNA extraction protocol from wine” by Dr Ginevra Marzucchi (University of Siena)


• “Neuroscience and wine quality: biometric analysis of sensory perception when tasting red wine” by Dr Andrea Bariselli and Dr Luca Pipperi (Centro Studi Assaggiatori – Brescia)


• “Influence of interannual meteorological variability on yeast content and composition in Sangiovese grapes” by Dr Lorenzo Brilli (University of Florence, DiSPAA- Department of Agri-Food Production and Environmental Sciences)


• “Precision viticulture in response to global warming: an integrated system of drone remote sensing and proximal monitoring of the vineyard to describe the thermal dynamics of grape bunches in the study vineyard in Montalcino” by Dr Di Gennaro (Institute of Biometeorology – IBIMET, National Research Council – CNR Florence/ Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Perugia)


Joint first place

• “Plant health strategy and sustainability in the Montalcino terroir: quality and economic advantage”, by Dr Paola Furlan (CRA – ABP Research Centre for Agrobiology and Soil Studies – Florence)

• “Drone remote sensing to support the assessment of the impact of grape bunch exposure on the anthocyanic component of grapes in different areas of vigour in Montalcino, by Dr Salvatore Filippo Di Gennaro (Institute of Biometeorology – IBIMET National Research Council – CNR Florence)


• “Advanced Analogic-Affective Big Sensory Test for Brunello di Montalcino”, by Dr Manuela Violoni (Centro Studi Assaggiatori)


Joint first place

• “Bioclimatic characterisation of the Brunello di Montalcino area and of some terroirs with grape varieties similar to Sangiovese”, Dr. Matteo Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza)

• “Observations on the development of candida zemplinina in spontaneous vinification: a case study on a wine destined to become Brunello di Montalcino”, Dr. Luca Collina (University of Florence)