Under the patronage of the Chamber of Deputies and with the acknowledgement of the President of the Italian Republic, the presentation ceremony of the “International Brunello di Montalcino Case Basse Soldera award for young researchers 2010” was held at Montecitorio Palace in Rome on 23rd February 2011.
The honourable Maurizio Lupi, vice president of the Chamber, welcomed the guests and presented the two speakers, Professor Mario Fregoni (Honorary President of OIV and President of the award), who illustrated the great progressive movements of world viticulture, and Professor Massimo Vincenzini (University of Florence), who presented research on the anthocyanin profile of Sangiovese wines according to microbial ecology of fermentation processes. Other professors of the jury took part: Professor Fausto Cantarelli (President of the Italian AlimentaryAcademy), Professor Mauro Cresti (professor at the University of Siena) and Professor Giancarlo Spezia (professor of vineyard mechanization at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza).
The award ceremony for the competition commenced with the honourable M. Lupi reading the message of the Secretary-General of the office of the President of the Republic on behalf of the head of State, Giorgio Napolitano, who much appreciated the idea of the Award reserved for young researchers, which assigns three medals, two to the winners and one to Professor Fregoni, deviser and President of the award.
The president of the jury then read the reasons for the two joint first awards that went to Dr. Matteo Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza) for his research entitled “Bioclimatic characterisation of the Brunello di Montalcino area and of some terroirs with vines similar to Sangiovese” and to Dr. Luca Collina (University of Florence) for his “Observations on the development of Candida Zemplinina in spontaneous vinification of Brunello di Montalcino.”
Two honorary certificates were also awarded to Dr. Elisa Paolucci (University of Siena) for her research on Brunello di Montalcino as an elective study model for the development of a molecular method for the varietal authentication of wines, and to Drs Laura Pieragnoli, Lidia Ceseri and Paolo Viti (University of Verona) for their experimental investigation of the composite variations of Sangiovese during ripening in four different areas.
The diplomas and medals of the President of the Republic were presented by the honourable Maurizio Lupi and Gianfranco Soldera, who received acclaim from the highest Italian authorities and from the participants for his idea of stimulating young researchers with an award reserved for them and dedicated to a great Italian wine known all over the world: Brunello di Montalcino, particularly excellent at Case Basse.