Premio Nonino


December 1st, 1973. Giannola and Benito Nonino, acting in respect of local traditions, revolutionize the way Grappa is presented in Italy and the world: they create Monovitigno® Nonino, distilling separately the pomace achieved from Picolit grapes.

In 1975 Giannola and Benito Nonino with the aim of “stimulating, awarding and having officially acknowledged the ancient autochtonous vine varieties of Friuli that are dying out, Schioppettino, Pignolo and Ribolla Gialla” create the Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize. In 1977 with the clear aim of highlighting the permanent topicality of rustic civilization the Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize is joined by the Nonino Prize for Literature (Mario Soldati is the president of the jury) which, starting from 1984, is completed with the International Section.


Winners 2018

Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize Gold Vine Shoot 2018


In the name, the union of OUR and PURE, there is the mission of the group, who researches the “purity” of the product, uncontaminated, and of “our” meant as a past shared in every corner of the world. Three are the indispensable paradigms of P(our): knowledge, sustainability and growth. Alex Kratena, Ryan Chetiyawardana, Jim Meehan, Simone Caporale, Monica Berg, Joerg Meyer and Xavier Padovani the young bartenders that have undertaken the difficult enterprise of relaunching the founding values of each society, the same that are at the basis of the Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize. Their most significant project is Pour Amazon meant to save the Aji Negro, a fermented sauce made with bitter manioc which is the result of a thousand year old culture and is prepared by the indigenous populations of the Amazonian rain forest. Explorers of the past, immersed in the present and projected into the future, every year they organize the Symposium, an international meeting where to face and study in depth the fundamental themes of the society, such as the matter of the Gender in the sector of the bartender community.

Nonino International Prize 2018

Ismail Kadare

Poet, novelist, essay writer and script writer born in Albania. A Bard fond and critical of his people, between historical realities and legends, which recall grandeur and tragedies of the Balkan and Ottoman past, he has created great narrations. An exile in Paris for more than twenty years “not to offer his services to tyranny”, he has refused the silence which is the evil’s half, often immersing his narration in imaginary worlds, becoming the witness of the horrors committed by totalitarianism and its inquisitors. He has made religious tolerance one of the foundations of his work.

Nonino Prize 2018 ‘Master of our time’

Giorgio Agamben

His inquiries, always in search of sources, range from language to metaphysics and from aesthetics to ethics. Giorgio Agamben defines himself as a follower, given his intense experiences with the flowering of free thinking; he builds on the example of Michel Foucault and of his ideas – he intuits a biopolitic and creates the concept of Homo Sacer, a human being whose life is sacred, meaning that it can be killed but not sacrificed; he traces an evolution, from an ancient man that “could” to a modern man that “wants”, and asserts himself above both human and divine laws, opening the way to an age of holocausts. To become visible, societies must struggle between two opposing principles: that of legal rights and that of anomie.


The President of the Jury

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, also known as V.S. Naipaul, is a British-Trinidadian author.

Nonino International Prize in 1993. Nobel Laureate in Literature 2001.