In 1975 searching for the ancient autochthonous Friulian vine varieties to distill their pomace, the Noninos discover that the most representative of them – Schioppettino, Pignolo and Tazzelenghe – are dying out, as their growing is forbidden. These varieties are joined by Ribolla Gialla. On November 29th with the aim of “stimulating, awarding and having the ancient autochthonous Friulian vine varieties officially acknowledged”, and so preserving the biodiversity of the territory, they create the Nonino Risit D’Aur Prize and a scholarship to award the best study, both technical and historical, concerning the above-mentioned vine varieties.
The Manos Blancas Chorus of Friuli, founded in 2010 by the Nonino family in honor of Claudio Abbado and supported by the Nonino Distillatori, is the first Manos Blancas chorus born outside from Venezuela. The story of the Manos Blancas Chorus starts in 1999 in Venezuela by means of Naybeth Garcia and Johnny Gomez, teachers and assistants at the music school of Maestro José Antonio Abreu: theirs is the idea of applying the “El Sistema” method to children affected by cognitive and sensorial disabilities.