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Casato Prime Donne Award 2014

The Brunello sky with Sandra Savaglio’s stars

The Casato Prime Donne award 2014 is full of stars: Sandra Savaglio, Daniele Cernilli, Ian D’Agata, Anna Di Martino and Andrea Rontini

September 14th in Montalcino Casato Prime Donne award in a star filled edition: the stars belonging to the astrophysicist Sandra Savaglio, the moon photographed by Andrea Rontini and the three stars from wine journalism Anna Di Martino, Daniele Cernilli, Ian D’Agata and then “Vita” the grape-picker who is looking at the sun by Piero Sbarluzzi.

This award for the past sixteen years has transformed Montalcino into a stage for great women, those who change the feminine profile, it proposes this year a positive example for the world of research: Sandra Savaglio the astrophysicist who has decided to return to Italy to the Università della Calabria in Cosenza after 23 years of working abroad with the best foreign telescopes and after having become the icon of the participants of the brain drain. In fact in 2004 the weekly “Time” magazine put her on the front page with the title “How Europe lost its science stars”.

The jury of the Casato Prime Donne award made up of Francesca Cinelli Colombini (president), Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri and Daniela Viglione, has so pointed sky high, a person of great importance, a choice completely backed by the winery Casato Prime Donne, the first in Italy to be staffed only be women, which organizes the event.

Here in detail the 2014 winners

Photographic award regarding “People and lands of the Brunello and Orcia wines” goes to Andrea Rontini, “Luna a Torrenieri” published in July 2013. Rontini is one of the photographers who in 2002 brought to Italy the World Cup for landscapes. His simple image, the skilful use of light and colour renews the perception of the Sienese countryside. Choices which have pleased the popular jury, all over the world, whose members have via the web chosen his image out of the 5 finalist ones by Paolo Busato, Gianni Brunacci e Andrea Pettinari.

Daniele Cernilli is author of a story Quel Brunello del ‘64 published in “DoctorWine” that has one the award regarding “Montalcino and I “. It is the story of his first, very expensive bottle, and about his first steps in the wine world. A journey which made him protagonist or better still propellant for the bettering in quality of Italian wines and of the International success that followed. In 1986 he was among the creators of Gambero Rosso and of the Guida dei vini d’Italia for which he created a system for classifying and the awards based on the tastings.

The Consorzio del Brunello award regarding “The Brunello and the other wines from Montalcino” was given by the President of the Fabrizio Bindocci to Ian D’Agata for his article entitled Focus on Rosso di Montalcino, published in “Tanzer's International Wine Cellar” the US wine magazine which mostly influences the market, or rather the sommeliers and buyers. D’Agata collaborates also with Decanter, Le Figaro, the New York University and more recently also with Vinitaly for which he is scientific director of “Vinitaly International Academy”. Extraordinary taster he always demonstrates great attention towards the people and towards the wine people and territories.

Anna Di Martino wins the award “Montalcino its history, its art and its wine” for female writers, with her articles Il vino è buono se ha il fondo published in “Il Mondo” and Produzione: le magnifiche 88 italiane che imbottigliano l’oro in cantina, published in “Corriereconomia - Corriere della Sera”. She is an economy journalist of great depth and is used to interviewing bankers and ministers, she has concentrated her attention on the ability of wine in creating business and jobs. Hers is the list of the 88 Italian wineries with most turnover, for which she has created a website.

The 2014 “Prima Donna” 2014, the personality indicated as representative of new femininity characterized by talent, courage and ethical behaviour is the astrophysicist Sandra Savaglio. I have always done what people did not expert of me as a woman: becoming a scientist, practicing sport, defending those who had no voice against the hierarchies venerate with a disproportionate sense of awe by most >> she has written in her quotation which will remain for ever in Montalcino at Casato Prime Donne. Her phrase is rendered more solemn with the work of art by Piero Sbarluzzi called "Vita" , Life, and representing a grape-picker who is looking at the sun. The star which irradiates the Brunello vineyards just like the star belonging to Sandra Savaglio, star of astrophysics who is coming back to Italy, to the Università della Calabria in Cosenza, illuminates with hope all those who are praying for the future of our nation and arte fighting to build such a future. Sandra Savaglio is a real star in research with 160 publications in some of the most prestigious International scientific magazines, such as«Nature» and «Astrophysical Journal»and she has also made many discoveries in far away galaxies, he galaxies hosting the most energetic explosions in the universe, the gamma-ray bursts, as well as the Heavy-Element Abundances in the cosmos.

In a few days time Sandra Savaglio will leave Max-Planck Institute in Garching in Germany, the most important European pole for astrophysics, to become an ordinary Professor in the Università della Calabria in Cosenza, where she graduated. The procedure called “direct calling” with which she has been brought back to Italy, is the instrument used by the Minister Stefania Giannini, and that she wished to promote, so as to increase the level of research in the universities in Italy. In August the Academic Ranking of World Universities- Arwu regarding the best universities in the world has accepted only three Italian Universities among the first 100 for the subject of Physics, living an overall negative judgment regarding our universities of which only 14 are among the best 200 in the world and all well past the 15t0th position. Considering all this Sandra Savaglio’s decision to return to Italy takes on a great meaning and can be an example to be followed for the rebirth of research and of high level training in our nation. These objectives, the Casato Prime Donne awards intends to fully support by putting the spot lights on to her.