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That Italian wine can tell stories of business excellence is nothing new. But a solid reality, which is confirmed year by year in one of the most important institutional awards on the subject, such as that of Cavaliere del Lavoro. 25 those nominated today by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, among which, for the world of wine, the name that stands out is that of Giovanni Manetti, at the helm of Fontodi, one of the most historic and prestigious realities of Chianti Classico, in Panzano , in the Conca d’Oro, which the Manetti family has led since 1968, as well as president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.
Among the new Knights, who come from the world of agri-food and agriculture, in this round of 2021, there are also names such as Paolo Gentilini, president and CEO of the historic Roman company Biscotti Gentilini, the “colleague” Giuseppe Vincenzi, at the top of the historic Venetian confectionery reality Vincenzi Biscotti (formerly Matilde Vincenzi & Figli), and again Antonio Palmieri, at the helm of the historic Caseificio Tenuta Vannulo, one of the most prestigious brands in the world of buffalo milk, and Paola Togni, president of Togni Spa, a of the Marche beverage, which also includes the Rocca dei Forti sparkling wine among its brands.
A prestigious award for the producer Giovanni Manetti, at the helm of Fontodi, a prestigious Chianti Classico winery and president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, which follows by one year the one awarded, in 2020, to Marilisa Allegrini, one of the “ladies of Amarone “, With the family winery in Valpolicella (and which, over the years, has extended its possessions to other top Italian wine territories, from Montalcino, with San Polo, and to Bolgheri, with Poggio al Tesoro), and which enriches a full-bodied list, testimony to the strength of business stories in the world of wine, which includes the great names of the Italian wine company. From Piero Antinori, who with the Marchesi Antinori is one of the greatest ambassadors of Italian wine and elegance, to Bruno Ceretto, one of the great who made the history of Barolo, by Arnaldo Caprai, whose winery, led by his son Marco Caprai , has relaunched Sagrantino di Montefalco and its territory in the world, to Franco Argiolas, reference producer of Sardinia wine, by Paolo Panerai, at the helm of Class Editori (and majority shareholder of Gambero Rosso) and producer of great wines in Tuscany (with Castellare di Castellina in the Chianti Classico and Rocca di Frassinello in Maremma) and in Sicily (with Feudi del Pisciotto and Gurra di Mare), by Sandro Boscaini, at the helm of one of the leading companies of Amarone della Valpolicella, Masi, in Maria Cristina Loredan Rizzardi, whose family includes among its ancestors a Doge of Venice and owner of the Guerrieri Rizzardi winery, and three more great names that have made the history of Sicilian wine, like the homeland rca Diego Planeta, founder of the Planeta winery (passed away in September 2020), today led by Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, Giacomo Rallo, creator of Donnafugata (passed away in May 2016), today led by Antonio and Josè Rallo, and Giuseppe Mastrogiovanni Tasca, founder of the Tasca d’Almerita label, today led by Alberto Tasca d’Almerita, to Gino Lunelli, honorary president of Cantine Ferrari in Trento, today led by Matteo Lunelli (together with Camilla, Alessandro and Marcello Lunelli). Passing, again, through personalities such as Ezio Rivella, winemaker-manager who, in the 1980s, was the soul of the birth of Castello Banfi, one of the largest private investments born from scratch (by the Italian-American Mariani family) in the world of Italian wine.


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