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.
The Jury of the Nonino Prize has awarded the Nonino Prizes 2024 as follows:
Angelo Floramo, academic, historian, medievalist and scientific consultant of the Guarneriana Library of San Daniele del Friuli, is, as he likes to define himself, a “son of the frontier”. In his study wanderings among the oldest libraries, villages and monasteries in Italy and Europe he has always searched for the threads that link Friulian culture to Slovenian culture where the two merge. (Balkan Circus 2013 and La Veglia di Liuba 2018 Ediciclo editions and Bottega Errante). In search of common roots through the “mothers”, the “majke”, who, linked to their lands, become songs in the deepest sense of existence, he came across the INSIEME cooperative formed by women from Bratunac and Srebrenica, women from Bosnia as they like to define themselves, not Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, not Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox, Jews. Women and that’s it. These women prove that it is possible to rebuild a collective identity against the divisions imposed by war and have started a process of mourning based on the recognition of the value of one another’s pain, no longer understood as an enemy but as a victim of the same violence. This is the incalculable ethical value of the INSIEME cooperative “Fruits of Peace” created in 2003 by a group of “practical pacifists”, like their president, Radmila Zarkovic.
Alberto Manguel is a true Renaissance man. A brilliant writer, a gifted storyteller, a translator, a curator and the tireless advocate for the power of books and reading, he believes the books are essential for our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He has dedicated his life to promote the love for reading and library, and making book accessible to everyone. Alberto Manguel is a master of the essay form, his writing is always insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted, he has a gift for bringing together different culture and perspectives and helps us see the world in a new and unexpected way. In our time of confusion, conflicts and vulgarization of culture, Alberto Manguel fights for spirituality and devotion to culture, reiterates his prestige, as a prominent figure in the world of ideas and literature. His works are published in Italy by Sellerio, Vita e Pensiero and Einaudi
Rony Brauman has dedicated his life to the service of human suffering. For twelve years, he was the soul of “Médecins Sans Frontières”, the humanitarian organization founded in Paris in 1971 and active in 75 countries with a staff of over 68,000 people that brings help to victims of wars, racism and repression on all over the world. Brauman, French doctor born in Jerusalem, has courageously denounced the persecution suffered by the Palestinians and his public interventions allow us to better shed light on the current tragedy suffered by the populations of Gaza and the West Bank. For these reasons he is a great humanist conscience of our time, who the Nonino Prize jury is proud to honor.
Naomi Oreskes, Professor at Harvard University and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a world renowned Earth scientist, historian and public speaker with a philosopher’s disposition and a love for literature. She is one of the most important intellectuals publicly committed on the role of science in society and the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Author of scholarly and popular books - Why Trust Science? - with her writings she has exposed the scientific consensus about human caused climate change and drawn attention to American corporate efforts to undermine this knowledge; she uses reason to fight climate change denial and science delegitimization campaigns.
Antonio Damasio is Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
In 2003 he received the Nonino Prize as Master of Our Time; the Prize was delivered by Peter Brook. In 2005 he was awarded the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology.