Antonella Nonino

Antonella Nonino


Director of External Relations & Marketing of Nonino Distillatori.

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Antonella Nonino, thirty-nine years old, follows her parents footsteps and works in the company with her sisters, Cristina and Elisabetta, and represents the fifth generation of distillers in the Nonino family, it can certainly be said that she was born "in the pomace".

She is married with Architect Luca Cendali, and has two daughters: Sofia, aged 9, and Gaia, aged 5.

She graduated at the University of Udine in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature and improved her studies at the New York University and at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she remained for over a year.

She is responsible for external relations and marketing and follows some foreign markets especially in Europe.

In the distillery she is responsible for the distillation and fermentation processes; she is following specific research in this field in cooperation with some Swiss researchers. She personally takes care of the "International Nonino Prize".

The Nonino Family has devoted itself to the art of distillation since 1897

On 1st December 1973, Benito and Giannola Nonino revolutionized the method of producing, introducing and packaging Grappa in Italy and throughout the world. They created the Single Varietal Grappa, the Monovitigno Nonino, by distilling the pomace of the Picolit grape on its own. The success was so great that Italian and foreign distillers felt compelled to follow the Nonino model.

On November 29th , 1975 Giannola and Benito Nonino established the Nonino Prize with the clear aim of underlining the permanent actuality of rustic life The jury is now formed by international members such as Peter Brook, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie , the Nobel Prize V.S. Naipaul, Adonis, Ermanno Olmi, Claudio Magris , Antonio R. Damasio.

On 27th November 1984, the Noninos marked a new turning point. They distilled the whole grape and created the Grape Distillate. Ministerial authorization for the production of Grape Distillate (D.M. 20.10.84) was granted following a specific request by the Noninos. Once again, their success in this respect was so great that Italians and foreign distillers felt compelled to follow the Noninos example. On 3rd April 2000, after years of research into honey, the Noninos introduced GIOIELLO, the distillate called "Purity" which is the distillation of pure Honey.

4th December 2003 The President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, awards Giannola and Benito Nonino the prestigious Leonardo Prize for Italian Quality for "the absolute Quality level, Research and Innovations" The Noninos are well-known, true Ambassadors for Italian Grappa throughout the world.