With the patronage of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies, the award ceremony of the “International Brunello di Montalcino Case Basse Soldera Award 2014 for Young Researchers” was held at Montecitorio Palace in Rome, on 20th February 2015.

Professor Mario Fregoni (Member of the French Academy of Agriculture and president of the award) focussed on the meaning and importance of the Soldera Award for young researchers and introduced the candidates, who then presented their relative studies: Dr Jacopo Bigliazzi, Dr Lorenzo Brilli, Dr Daniele Davitti, Dr Salvatore Filippo Di Gennaro, Dr Claudia Ferretti, Dr Giulia Härri, Dr Giuseppe Mazza, Dr Elisa Pievanelli with Dr. Abel Rodriguez de la Concepcion and with Dr Riccardo Stefanelli, Dr Emanuela Pusceddu, Dr Yuri Romboli.

Then the debate on the papers presented started, with intervention from the members of the commission (Professor Gianpaolo Andrich, professor of enology at the University of Pisa, Professor Luigi Bavaresco, professor of viticulture of DI.PRO.VE.S, Università Cattolica S. Cuore Piacenza, Professor Fausto Cantarelli, president of the Italian Alimentary Academy, Professor Mauro Cresti, professor of botany at Siena University, Giancarlo Spezia, engineer and expert in vineyard mechanization, Professor Massimo Vincenzini, professor of microbiology at Florence University), the honorary committee (Professor Giorgio Calabrese, Dr Paolo Lucchesi, Professor Giampiero Maracchi, Professor Luigi Odello, Dr Roberto Salvioni and Dr Bruno Socillo) and the public.

The award ceremony began with the presentation of the diploma for first place to the winner Dr Lorenzo Brilli (University of Florence, Department of Agri-Food Production and Environmental Sciences – DISPAA, Florence) for his research entitled “Influence of Interannual Meteorological Variability on Yeast Content and Composition in Sangiovese Grapes”.

The two medals that the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, wished to allocate as representation awards at the 5th edition of the convention, were presented to Dr Brilli in first place and Dr Romboli (Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems management, section  of Food Science and Technology, and Microbiology, University of Florence) in second place, for his research “Yeast Ecology during wine fermentation and its effect on the flavonoid, tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol content in wines from Sangiovese grapes produced in the Montalcino area”.

The ceremony concluded with the rest of the candidates receiving diplomas of excellence, special diplomas and for scientific merit.

Abstracts of the studies are published in the web site