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The Nonino Prize Forty-fifth Year + Two will take place on Saturday May 7th 2022 as usual in Ronchi di Percoto, at the Nonino Distilleries.

This date will see also the beginning of the celebrations for the 125 years of the Nonino Family in distillation: from Orazio to Benito, from Benito and Giannola to Cristina, Antonella and Elisabetta.

This the message shared for the occasion from the French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin, Nonino Prize 2004 “Master of our Time” and member of the Jury of the Prize since 2007:

“Literary, artistic, and philosophical prizes are born from Academies or public institutions. But in Friuli an international literary, artistic and philosophical prize was born in a distillery that produces Grappa. Originally established to save some vine varieties, the Nonino Prize has taken on an international level thanks to its Jury, its prize-winners and the reputation it enjoys. It awards poets, writers, filmmakers, thinkers, noble humanistic personalities. It has reached the highest cultural level while preserving the taste of a wonderful Grappa. I had the privilege of being one of the prize-winners, then a juror of the Nonino Prize, and of taking part in the unforgettable meetings and Parties for the awarding not of a single Prize but of several Prizes, the most prestigious of which was to a ‘ Master of our Time’.  I pay homage to the Nonino family that, drawing inspiration from the earth and its fruits, has been able to create and establish a Prize that honors universal culture.

We live in a surreal moment in which the only certainty is uncertainty: never as in recent months have we understood how much the founding values of the Nonino Prize, established forty-five years ago, are visionary. Born to save ancient autochthonous vine varieties of Friuli in danger of extinction, the Prize underlines the “permanent topicality of the Rural Civilization” intended as respect for the earth, for its ecosystem, for the values to be bequeathed to future generations knowing that the Earth is everybody’s home and represents our roots and our identity. The dangers that threaten it must make us aware of the community of destiny of all human beings and exhort us to fraternity.

In this regard, I would like to remember the Nonino Special Prize – January 28th 1989 – awarded by the Jury to Time Magazine for “electing” the Earth ‘Personality of the Year’ – dedicating the prestigious cover no.1 of 1989 to our Planet, suffocated by an iron wire – to attract the attention of all  people on the most relevant problem of all and today unavoidable: the life of our exhausted Planet and therefore our own life and invites us to meditate on our duties and responsibilities but, above all, on the rights of the future generations that will inhabit the Earth!

Thank you very much”

Edgar Morin


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.



Il viaggio più esotico di
Claude Lévi–Strauss.

Nonino Risit d’Aur Prize Gold Vine Shoot 2019

Damijan Podversic and Ribolla Gialla

To Damijan Podversic for having given passionate impulse to the cultivation of Ribolla Gialla, an ancient autochthonous vine variety of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and started the process for the recovery of lands suitable for viticulture and abandoned since 1940 on Mount Calvario in the province of Gorizia. His work symbolically represents an extraordinary research opportunity and one of the most genuine expressions of the regional wine world. The awarding of the prize wants to be also a passionate appeal to the winemakers of the Region so that they find an agreement on the production specifications to obtain as soon as possible the D.O.C. for Ribolla Gialla which guarantees its production exclusively for the territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The prize is delivered by Giannola Nonino

Nonino International Prize 2019

Juan Octavio Prenz

A writer of absolute originality and happily set apart, Prenz unites in an unmistakable work the epic fantasy of the great Latin American literature and the mysterious shadow in which the characters of the great Middle European literature hide themselves. An Argentinean of Istrian-Croatian origin, Prenz is a soft and passionate singer of the wandering, painful, sanguine and picaresque odyssey that scatters the men in the labyrinth of human existence, makes them wander in the sea of life pulling them away from any unrelenting identity but without uprooting from their heart a common fidelity of destinies, affections, peculiarities, the card game in the tavern and the resistance to violence, to tyrannical power. In the poems of Mascaron de Proa the female images that after crossing the oceans on the prows of sailing ships fret in the water of the bay, become stories of love, loneliness, cheat and fight. The grotesque novel La fàbula de Innocenzo Onesto, el decapitado is a parable of the inhumanity hanging over everybody’s fate. A masterpiece like El Señor Kreck intertwines the Argentinean bloody military dictatorship – which forced Prenz to exile – and the destiny of a man that tries to disappear in an anonymous shadow, a narration that has many voices, many points of view. In another wonderful epos, Solo los arboles tienen raices, the flow of migrants becomes a chorality of very human events, tragic, roguish, reckless, always faithful to themselves, a fresco of migrations, affective bonds, and transgressions in the sea of what Saba used to call the warm life.

Nonino Prize 2019 ‘Master of our time’

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is one of the great moral witnesses of our time, and one of the most significant of international public intellectuals. She is a historian and journalist, whose work on the history of totalitarianism in the twentieth century, and on the resurgence of nationalism and populism in the twenty-first, is of the highest importance. Born in Washington DC, Professor Applebaum holds American and Polish citizenship. She is the recipient of many awards and academic honours. Her book, Gulag: A History, won the Pulitzer Prize and a nomination for the National Book Award. She has written for many leading journals in Britain and the USA, and was on the editorial board of The Washington Post from 2002 to 2006.


The President of the Jury

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.