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Casato Prime Donne Award 2008

Josefa Idem receives the “Casato Prime Donne” 2008 award

In the Olympic year the “Casato Prime Donne” Award goes to a super athlete.

Josefa Idem, silver medal in Peeking 2008, was awarded the prize in Montalcino as an example of new femininity, strong, intelligent, generous and able to divide her time equally between her sporting and social activities and the her family. The other prizes went to the Accademia dei Georgofili, Enzo Tiezzi, the journalists Giuliano Gallo, Aldo Grasso, Kerin O’Keefe and Simonetta Pagnotti.

On September 20th Josefa Idem received in Montalcino the “Casato Prime Donne” Award that every year is assigned to those who help or are of example to other women. Josefa is the woman who in the history of Italian sport has won the most: 6 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals between Olympic Games and World canoeing championships. The quotation she has left so that it will be exhibited in the Brunello vineyards at Casato Prime Donne, the winery with an all female staff and that organizes the award, expresses all the strength and courage of this exceptional woman. "Motivation means knocking down mental barriers, overcoming our own limits, achieving the ability to best express ourselves. Only by putting ourselves on the line can we understand what we are truly capable of doing. Even at the price of failure, trying is still worthwhile. Thanks to this attitude, I find the courage to state that nothing is impossible. Arrivederci until London 2012" This seems to be a warning and an encouragement, and it arrives at an important moment of the Brunello wine’s history, when courage and determination must be allies so as to rewrite the future of the most prestigious of Italian wines.

The Jury comprising Francesca Colombini Cinelli (president) Ilda Bartoloni, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Marialina Marcucci, Melania Mazzucco and Anna Pesenti have chosen people and works of great prestige for an award that has the ambition of emphasizing those of excellence.

The Accademia dei Georgofili was awarded the Premio Provincia di Siena prize for the volume Storia regionale della vite e del vino- Toscana prize given by the Councillor Caludio Galletti. This volume is one of the manuals regarding viticoluture in Italy that the Accademia della Vite e del Vino is publishing.

The President Vittorio Galgani assigned the Premio Camera di Commercio di Siena to Roberto Virgini.

Enzo Tiezzi, one of the creators of the concept of sustainable development, received from Aldighiero Fini, the Premio MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese.

The Premio Comune di Montalcino was awarded by Maurizio Buffi mayor of Montalcino to Giuliano Gallo and Aldo Grasso for their articles published in the “Corriere della Sera”.

Two female journalists -Kerin O’Keefe and Simonetta Pagnotti – received the Premio Consorzio del Brunello and the Premio “Montalcino la sua storia, la sua arte e il suo vino”.