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Chaimaa Fatihi, Giuseppe Casciaro, Bruno Gambacorta and Filippa Lagerback Casato Prime Donne 2016

The Casato Prime Donne jury; with for the first time Donatella Cinelli Colombini as President, have chosen a Muslim young woman who is against Isis


Casato Prime Donne Award 2016 – Chaimaa Fatihi

3 big names have been chosen among those who divulge this territory: Giuseppe Casciaro editor of the Repubblica supplements, Bruno Gambacorta with his Eat Parade and Filippa Lagerback with her tourism by bike.

Chaimaa Fatihi, 23 years old, is studying law in Modena and is the commissary for the Giovani Musulmani d’Italia (young Muslims in Italy) at the Forum Nazionale Giovani, straight after the attack at Bataclan spoke for the Koran followers who are horrified by violence with an open letter -to terrorists then published on the front page of “Repubblica” <<Maledetti Teroristi– Damned terrorists>> she wrote <<My faith is in Islam, a religion that preaches peace …. As a Muslim I disclaim you, I fight you with words, with information, with the voice of those who live daily their faith and being an example of its teachings>>.


Casato Prime Donne Award 2016 – Filippa Lagerback

In this young woman who has affronted the fundamentalists wearing her veil and bare handed, the Jury of the Casato Prime Donne Award – made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini president, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri and Daniela Viglione- has seen an example of courage and a new type of femininity able to move consciences

The prizes for the journalism sections, destined to those who divulge the Montalcino territory and Brunello went to  Giuseppe Casciaro for the article Dall’albergo vicino a Montalcino un panorama suggestivo. Castello di Velona published in “La Repubblica”, Bruno Gambacorta for his TV programme called 50 anni della DOC sent on air byTG2 Eat Parade and Filippa Lagerback for her TV programme In bici con Filippa: Montalcino sent on air by “Bike Channel”.

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Last days to participate in the Casato Prime Donne Award 2016

An award that wishes to thank  those who divulge the territory and open new horizons for women. An award born in Montalcino in the first winery in Italy with an all female staff

Casato Prime Donne award winners and jury

Premio Casato Prime Donne vincitori e giuria

There are still a few day left to be able to take part in the Casato Prime Donne 2016 award with photographs , articles, and TV and radio material regarding the wonderful Montalcino territory and Brunello, published between June 15th  2015 and June 1st 2016. Before the 16th of June your entries must reach the Award Secretariat  (Casato Prime Donne 53024 Montalcino SI- casato@cinellicolombini.it).

Art, landscapes…. But most of all people from a land made famous by the excellence of its wines. As a prize there are bottles of prestigious wine as well as money (respectively 1.000 and 1.500 €) and the possibility of spending a week in an agritursimo apartment in

Francesco Caso photo Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Francesco Caso photo Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

this enchanted countryside.

The winners of the journalistic sections are chosen by the jury made up of Francesca Colombini Cinelli, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri e Daniela Viglione. The list of past winners is full of wonderful names from Italian and International wine journalism: the last edition saw as protagonists Anna Di Martino, Daniele Cernilli , Ian D’Agata,  Costanza Calabrese, Gaia Pianigiani and Walter Speller.

The photographic section on the other hand is awarded tank to a virtual jury who votes online the 5 finalist images. The chosen one sis then exhibited in a permanent way in the Sala Ilda Bartoloni in the Casato Prime Donne winery.

Giusi Nicolini winner of Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Giusi Nicolini winner of Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Great emphasis is put on a woman who is chosen for her ethics and courage , chosen among those who most have had an impact on the evolution of the female profile. In the past years we have awarded

2000 – Francesca San Vitale – writer

2001 – Paola Capriolo – writer

2002 – Marta Morazzoni – writer


2003 – Carla Fracci – leading ballerina

2004 – Kerry Kennedy – human rights activist

2005 – Cabrinian Missionary sisters

2006 – Volunteer workers of the Telefono Rosa Association

2007 – Frances Mayes- writer

2008 – Josefa Idem – Olympic athlete

2009 – Ilaria Capua – virologist

2010 – Samantha Cristoforetti – astronaut

2011 – Carla Fendi – Stylist and cultural patron

2012 – Maria Carmela Lanzetta – Mayor of Monasterace

2013 – Linda Laura Sabbadini Director of the ISTAT Department of Social and Environmental Statistics

2014 – Sandra Savaglio – astrophysicist

2015 – Giuseppina Maria Nicolini- Mayor of Lampedusa

For the rules click on the link : http://bit.ly/1XoXwdJ

The Casato Prime Donne award half way between real and virtual

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Fourteenth edition with greater attention for the web, the award that from Montalcino emphasises women and the Brunello territory

Very few copies of the rules printed, but many emails with the rules for the award for articles and television and radio programmes regarding Montalcino and its wines, to be sent to the secretariat before July 1st.
The web becomes the protagonist in the photographic section where the 5 finalist images, portraying the countryside where the Brunello and Orcia wine are born, can be voted from home. One single vote from every email address. Everybody will be able to express an opinion, from anywhere in the world and be part of the popular jury that will decide the winning photo. A new participated dialogue with those who appreciate the great Tuscan reds and a means of keeping them bound emotionally to the wonderful production area of these wines.
Whereas the true protagonist of the award, the prima donna who represents femininity at its most generous and innovative, is chosen by the Jury of the Casato Prime Donne award which is made up of: Francesca Cinelli Colombini-president, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri e Daniela Viglione.
To vote a photograph, from the 30th of July to the 5th of September, we will create on the homepage of our website www.cinellicolombini.it a banner to have access to the virtual voting system for the winner of the Casato Prime Donne photography award.

For further information:


Casato Prime Donne is the winery which organise Casato Prime Donne award

Casato Prime Donne is the winery which organise Casato Prime Donne award

To download the rules in pdf www.cinellicolombini.it/bando_2012.pdf

Is it True that Women prefer Red wines ?

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Women and wine,  the importance of women in the wine market is growing. Their knowledge of wine and their determination on the wine choice have to be well considered and studied starting from the study of a  label up to price.

Lo staff al femminile delle Fattorie di Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Lo staff al femminile delle Fattorie di Donatella Cinelli Colombini

We are very interested in any news articles about the subject of ‘Women and Wine’  We are the first Italian wineries which are run solely by women, (Casato Prime Donne and Fattoria del Colle), and because of this we always keep an eye open for articles on the subjec of women and wine, so we were very interested and surprised by the findings of a recent study by Vinexpo (a wine fair which opened in France on 18th June).
A sample of 10,000 women from France, England, Germany, the United States, Japan were intereviewed and the report states that the fair sex in these countries prefers to drink red wine.

Although the source of this authoritative news article is reputable we are still a little doubtful of the results.  The Experts from Vinexpo state  that 51% of the female consumers interviewed preferred red wines with the percentage growing even higher above the age of 40. In reality all other sources seem to indicate that female wine consumption has shifted in the market towards the whites and rosés. The rosés wines have always struggled to assert themseves within the wine market and we are keeping its current growth under a watchful eye. In Britain, half of women compared to 36% of men appreciate and enjoy  rosé wine and current French research also indicates the dizzying growth of rosé (it has grown in popularity by 160 % over the two years in France).

Apart from the question of wine preference, the importance of women in the wine market is now an indisputable fact, as is the fact that their actual numbers are growing. Two years ago a survey in Japan was conducted  to see whether  wine was considered a drink for men or for women, the answer was interestingly that it was a drink for women.

The Wine Multi-nationals are already packaging and designing their labels for wine destined  for the GDO using colorful graphics and attractive logos in order to hit the strongest market segment which is currently women.  Even the marketing literature which is destined  for the decision makers in a skirt, has been adapted to include information linking the importance and enjoyment of  serving complementary beverages to various foods and which types of wine glasses to serve it in.

There were even more surprises to be found in the Vinexpo article: more than half the women interviewed  believed that they understood and had  as good a knowledge of wine as men.  Gone are the days when women said to men ‘You choose  the wine’.  A sommelier should be careful nowadays about always turning to the male diners as if it was a matter of course that they will choose the wine for the meal, at last sex equality has arrived at the wine list selection.

The last curious fact  to be found in the French study on women’s interest in wine, was concerning the primary reason for the choice of the wine.  The survey indicates that the reason for the selection of a particular wine changes according to the nationality of the individual: the French who were interviewed put  a lot of importance in the area of the origin of the wine, the vine itself was the most important factor in the choice in the U.S., while for the English, the most important element affecting the choice was the price.

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