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Five new autographs – three of them women – for the historic Amarone Barrel Signing Ceremony, part of the Masi Prize, now in its 36th edition. 


There are three winners of the Masi Civiltà Veneta Prize, given to outstanding personalities from the “people of the Veneto”, working in the fields of culture, science and business. The first is the art historian Paola Marini “for her outstanding research in and promotion of the art of the Veneto, through her writings and her management first of all of the Civic Art Museums and Monuments of Verona and now of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice; the business woman Elena Zambon, who won because of  “her success in the fields of research and development abroad with the Zambon Group, but also because of her use of the Fondazione Zoe and the Ethical Code to promote moral and social values in society”; the author and Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Verona, Emilio Franzina, “who has brought to light the often forgotten history of Italian emigration, focusing on social and political conditions, events that happened on the journey, and migration as an expression of popular art, letters and songs.”

The Masi Civiltà del Vino Prize goes to Professor of Oenology at the University of Naples, Luigi Moio, “for his merits as a researcher, experimenter, teacher and communicator, which have given him authority in the world of science, and in the institutions and noble culture of viticulture and wine.”
The Grosso D’Oro Veneziano, however - which is awarded in collaboration with Fondazione Corriere della Sera – to people or institutions who spread a message of civil progress, friendship, fraternity and peace among the peoples goes to Yolande Mukagasana. The author of works on Rwandan genocide and already a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mukagasana won because she “has succeeded through her force of character, her writings and her speech in transmitting a message of truth, justice and reconciliation, as well as a warning about the conflicts and brutality that are feeding uncontrolled waves of migration, insecurity and mutual intolerance among peoples of different ethnicities.”

For Sandro Boscaini, vice president of the Masi Foundation and president of Masi Agricola, “there’s a common thread linking the winners in this edition, and it’s the value of remembrance. Remembrance of yesterday’s migrations as the key to reading those of today; the memory preserved in museums, that guard the traces of our civilisation; the memory of doing business over generations and finally that evoked by wine, with its notes and bouquet.”
“Memory and tradition,” commented Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti, “are confused too often with folklore and old hat. On the contrary, they’re precious, like this prize, that has been observing the world for thirty-six years now.”

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