29 September – Teatro Filarmonico, Verona

Revealed by the President of the Masi Foundation, Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti, the names of the five winners of the 37th Masi Prize.

The three Civiltà Veneta Prizes go to: Ferdinando Camon, from Padua, «an outstanding example of a writer who is both local and European» stresses the Prize Jury; Christian Greco, from Vicenza, Director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin, who is «an internationally famous Egyptologist and archaeologist», and Carlo Nordio, the judge from Treviso, «a shining light in the pursuit of justice, never cut off from the people and a guarantor of constitutional rights».

In another category, for “his extraordinary career and achievement”, the Anglo-French Master of Wine, Gerard Basset, wins the International Civiltà del Vino Prize.

Lastly, the International Grosso D’Oro Veneziano Prize goes to Cardinal Mario Zenari, Papal Nunzio in Syria, for his “work in relieving suffering and mourning in the context of a long and atrocity-filled war, with a sense of humanity that rises above considerations of creed and faction.”

Working with commitment and understated dedication is a common feature of the winners for the 2018 edition; once again our competition casts a close look at personal stories about the enrichment of knowledge and culture in the service of an ethical and social conscience.” says President Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti. "In particular, then, the jury puts the spotlight on the ‘Literary GDP of the Venezie’, attesting to the extraordinary richness of this land in people of high cultural and artistic worth."

Sandro Boscaini, Vice-president of the Masi Foundation and President of Masi Agricola, comments: "This year, the International Award for Solidarity goes to a leading figure in the Venetian world; which is also recognition for the region itself that in the course of its history has generously provided the world with thousands of missionaries and volunteers." He continues, "Still on the international stage, the Civilta’ del Vino winner is someone who has contributed to the understanding, appreciation and promotion of wine as an element of the culture and business economy of our people like few others have done."

The awards ceremony happens on Saturday 29 September in Verona at the Teatro Filarmonico and will be preceded, as usual, by a private ceremony at Cantine Masi where the five winners will autograph the historic barrel of Amarone that is their formal prize. Entrance by invitation only.

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