08/04/2014 In 2013 the fifteenth edition of the Journalism Prize dedicated to Puglia

In 2013 the fifteenth edition of the Journalism Prize dedicated to Puglia's native vines, focussed on the 'Terre del Primitivo' to valorise the historical and cultural heritage of Magna Grecia.

The award ceremony will be held at 2 pm on Monday 7th April, during Vinitaly in Verona, in the official exhibition area of Regione Puglia/UnionCamere Puglia – Enoteca dei Vini di Puglia (Hall 11).

Sebastiano de Corato, President of the Movimento Turismo del Vino Sebastiano Consortium is satisfied: 'Every year for fifteen years, the Journalism Prize has been drawing the attention of the food and wine press to one of Puglia's three native vines: Primitivo, Nero di Troia and Negroamaro, not only shedding light on the wines they express, but on the entire territory they represent. Over the years – continues de Corato - the Prize has attracted increasingly illustrious Italian journalists, and we're very happy that there is the same level of interest in this event every year, the same enthusiasm and increasing quality'.

The Puglia Press Tour® 'Terre del Primitivo' Journalism Prize is shared and supported by Regione Puglia and organised by the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia, and this year's contest saw the participation of journalists from some of the country's most important publications and radio-tv networks.

To allow the contestants to discover and experience the region offering the Prize, last September the journalists took part in a press tour of the loveliest places and the most typical wineries of the Manduria and Taranto area, in partnership with the GAL 'Terre del Primitivo'.

'Primitivo di Manduria is once again mentioned by the best Italian press –commented Ernesto Soloperto, President of the Gal 'Terre del Primitivo' – because of the special characteristics which have made it world famous, and because of the special territory where it is grown. The consideration the press has for Primitivo di Manduria – continued Soloperto – is useful for valorising not just our wines and the outstanding historical and natural features of our area, but also all the wealth of typical products of our wine and food traditions which we aim to promote with this kind of event'.

The quality of the work submitted was excellent, and the Jury selected the winners: Licia Granello in the web/printed material category, for her article 'Derby di Puglia: Primitivo o Negroamaro?' published in national daily 'La Repubblica'; and Bruno Gambacorta in the radio/tv category for his television report on 'Primitivo di Manduria' broadcast on TG2's – Eat Parade feature. The two journalists recieve a prize of € 1,000.

The Jury also decided to give special mentions for excellent and very original work valorising the Primitivo territories: to Lorenzo Ruggeri for his article 'Manduria, viaggio di ritorno' published in 'Gambero Rosso' magazine; and to Davide Biasco for his article 'Il primitivo: il vero re della Magna Grecia' published in 'Golf & Gusto' magazine.

The ceremony will be presented by Antonio Stornaiolo, with speeches by Fabrizio Nardoni, Regione Puglia's Agro-Food Resources Officer; Sebastiano de Corato, President of the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia Consortium; Pasquale Porcelli, wine and food critic and President of the Jury; Ernesto Soloperto, President of GAL 'Terre del Primitivo'.

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