Frescobaldi and Nonino win the Meininger Award 2017
At the first event of ProWein 2017 in Düsseldorf, two italian brands were honoured at the 13th Meininger Award Excellence in wine and spirit, with some other outstanding entrepreneurs and celebrities of the international wine and spirits industry. The tradition-focused Italian company Frescobaldi, which has been producing wine for 700 years, received the Wine Family of the Year award. And the Spirit Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to the Nonino distillery, based in Northern Italy.
And the winners are…
In the presence of around 600 members of the wine industry, the awards were presented in six categories. The prize for National Wine Entrepreneur of the Year was won by top wine producer Markus Molitor from the Mosel. With his steep slope wines and excellent quality he has been the talk of the town for years. Christophe Salin, CEO of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) was honoured in the International Wine Entrepreneur of the Year category. He has successfully held the reins of the prestigious company for years. Paul-François Vranken was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. The native Belgian has created an impressive Champagne empire with Vranken-Pommery in only one generation. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Bernd G. Siebdrat, who has for years campaigned for a restaurant culture in Germany.
Wine Family of the Year: Lamberto Frescobaldi and family
The Frescobaldi family can look back on over 700 years of wine-growing history. With around 1,200 hectares of vineyards in six world-famous areas of Tuscany, and the leading producer Ornellaia, Frescobaldi is one of the largest Italian and European wine producers. The Marchesi Frescobaldi produces around 11 million bottles of wine, which are sold in 90 countries worldwide. Behind this achievement is one family. Seven family members are currently in various positions of responsibility – from the president, managing director, export manager and marketing manager to the manager of their restaurants and sales and distribution. The wine empire is today led in its 30th generation by Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi.
Spirit Entrepreneur of the Year: Nonino family
The Nonino distillery based in Friuli is one of Italy’s most significant distilleries. The company has repeatedly provided breakthrough innovations in the grappa market and consolidated its position as a pioneer of quality. Giannola Bulfoni Nonino was the first to distil the pomace of different vineyards separately and then use whole grapes for distilling later on in the 1980s. “Nonino has revolutionised the grappa market, set a new benchmark in terms of quality and has ennobled an entire beverage category with tireless passion”, says Barbara Becker, editor-in-chief of the catering magazine, Fizzz in her award speech. These days, Giannolla’s daughters, Elisabetta, Cristina and Antonella Nonino, are at the top of this Northern Italian family business and with Francesca Bardelli Nonino the next generation is already setting new standards.
Photo © Sascha Kreklau
All award winners Meininger Award 2017. From left to right: Francesca, Elisabetta, Antonella and Giannola Nonino, Christophe Salin, Markus Molitor, Christoph Meininger, Andrea Meininger-Apfel, Paul-François Vranken, Nathalie Vranken, Lamberto and Leonardo Frescobaldi, Bernd Siebdrat