With the patronage of the Chamber of Deputies and the acknowledgement of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, the award ceremony for the 2011 edition of the “International Brunello di Montalcino Case Basse Soldera Award for Young Researchers” was held on 29th February 2012 at Montecitorio Palace in Rome.
The honourable Maurizio Lupi, Vice President of the Chamber, welcomed the guests and gave the floor to Gianfranco Soldera, who remembered the extraordinary human and professional figure of Giulio Gambelli (the great Master Taster who recently passed away) who this edition of the award is dedicated to. Professor Mario Fregoni (honorary president of OIV 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 Marco Biagi, Dr Lorenzo Brilli, Dr Matteo Gatti, Dr Antonio Manes, Dr Eleonora Mari, Dr Giulio Ravasi, Dr Manuela Violoni.
Then the debate started, chaired by Professor Fregoni, on the subject of research in Italy and the papers presented, with the intervention of members of the Commission (Professor F. Cantarelli, president of the Italian Alimentary Academy, Professor M. Cresti, professor of Botany at Siena University, Professor Giancarlo Spezia, professor of Vineyard Mechanization at Piacenza, Professor Massimo Vincenzini, professor of Microbiology at Florence University) the large audience and the Honorary Committee, consisting of Professor Luigi Bavaresco, Professor Giorgio Calabrese, Professor Giampiero Maracchi, Dr Roberto Salvioni and Dr Bruno Socillo.
The award ceremony commenced with the reading of the letter from the Secretary General of the office of the President of the Republic on behalf of Giorgio Napolitano, Head of State, who much appreciated the idea of the Award reserved for young researchers, assigning three medals to Professor Cantarelli, Giulio Gambelli’s family and to the winner, Dr Manuela Violoni (Centro Studi Assaggiatori – Tasters Study Centre) for her research entitled “Advanced Analogic-Affective Big Sensory Test of Brunello di Montalcino”.
At the end, the candidates were awarded their first prize, excellence and honour diplomas.