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Casato Prime Donne Award 2005

“Cabrinian” missionary sisters are the winners of the Casato Prime Donne Prize 2005

Dedications by past prize winners Paola Capriolo, Carla Fracci, Maria Morazzoni, Francesca Sanvitale and Kerry Kennedy along a meditative path among the Brunello vineyards.

The “Casato Prime Donne” prize was awarded on September 17th in Montalcino to the “Cabrinian” Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A model of femininity combined with religiosity founded on the love of one’s neighbour and opposed to the religious fundamentalism that stain these times with blood.

The dedications of the 2000 – 2004 winners of the “Casato Prime Donne” prize Carla Fracci, Kerry Kennedy, Paola Capriolo, Marta Morazzoni and Francesca Sanvitale will remain forever in the Montalcino countryside: they are the comments on the stopping points along a pathway in the Brunello vineyards where there are also explanations about the surrounding spots and works of art, the first of which, the Chianina cow “Ardita” by Marco Pignattai has already been set up.

The President Francesca Colombini Cinelli and the jury of the “Casato Prime Donne” prize Ilda Bartoloni, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Dacia Maraini, Marialina Marcucci and Anna Pesenti chose, as “Prima Donnas” 2005, the sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an order founded by Saint Francesca Saverio Cabrini and operating in war ridden areas such as Ethiopia, Swaziland and in various poverty-stricken areas where they carry out their work assisting those in need and particularly women and children.

The “Casato Prime Donne” prize is also awarded to people who study, promote and photograph the Brunello and the Orcia Doc territories.

The “Province of Siena” prize for literature and science of vines and wine sector, was won by ROSEMARY GEORGE, an English Master of Wine who wrote the book ¬Treading Grapes.

The Siena Chamber of Commerce prize for photographs on the theme “People and Lands of the Brunello and Orcia Wines” was awarded by President Vittorio Galgani to BRUNO BRUCHI author of a picture published in the book Il paesaggio Toscano.

The winner of the new section MPS Bank for Enterprise on the theme “Quality environment landscape: sustainable development” was the book Orcia Miseria published on the occasion of the listing of the Val d’Orcia in Unesco’s human heritage.

The mayor of Montalcino Massimo Ferretti awarded the “Comune di Montalcino” prize to BARBARA CILENTI for her article The Fortress of the Etruscans has no more secrets published in the “Corriere della Sera”.

The Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino Prize was awarded to ROBERTO SCARDOVA for his programme And wine was born twice telecast on Rai 3.

"Montalcino, its history, its art, its wine described by a woman” was awarded equally to CATERINA BIZZARRI for her television programme on Brunello shown on the news of La7 and to KATE SINGLETON for her article Italy’s Elegant Organic Wines published in the “International Herald Tribune”.

The prize intended for female journalism with an oenological subject, is directly related to the Casato Prime Donne which promotes the initiative. It is the only Italian winery with an entirely female staff, in which the 2005 Prize was solemnly celebrated with the birth of a new wine “Il Drago e le 7 colombe” (“The Dragon and the 7 doves”).