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 2017

Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize – Gold Vine Shoot 2017

Isabella Dalla Ragione

Arboreal archeologist, as she loves to define herself, among archives, chronicles and traditions, Isabella Dalla Ragione embraces the traditional knowledge bound to the territory. Coming into action with plantings and grafts, for years with devotion she has been preserving ancient colors, fragrances and tastes, saving them from their oblivion, the same love that for over forty years the Prize has been devoting to the rural civilization and its knowledge. Let the prize be a spur and support to those who today do their utmost to save the Ancient Apples of Friuli, a treasure to be preserved for the future generations.

Nonino International Prize 2017

Pierre Michon

Considered a cult writer, his writing is like the marble that envelopes “Michelangelo’s Prisoners”, for the world a mysterious draft, to true readers a masterpiece. In Small Lives (published by Adelphi) the tales turn into frescoes where apparently tiny existences become extraordinary, paradigms of our being, ties to an ancestral world that is the deep soul of our culture.

Nonino Prize 2017

Cyprian Broodbank

Cyprian Broodbank’s work, now considered “a masterpiece of the archeological, historical and geographic research of the Mediterranean”, with a winning writing proposes in more than six-hundred pages the prehistory and evolution of the Middle Sea, from the birth of agriculture to the development of navigation and metallurgy, from the rising of archaic myths to the deep suggestions of art and thought, opening for us glimpses of modernity in the remote relations among Mediterranean peoples, a universe that helps us investigate the globalized world

Nonino Prize 2017 ‘Master of our time’

John Gray

The philosopher John Gray has held distinguished professorships at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. Over the past decade, however, he has also become one of the leading voices in contemporary thought. In a series of remarkable, widely read, and controversial books – which include The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths; Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals; and False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism – Gray has questioned long held assumptions in social thought and political history. In the process, he has also accurately predicted recent social and political events such as the 2007 economic crisis and the current rise of populist governments.


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.