08 May 2015
The winner of the 14th edition of the Cellar Master of the Year award in Montepulciano, home of the Vino Nobile, is a former electronics engineer who has been tempted back into the world of wine. 45-year-old Fabrizio Savino from Vigevano in the province of Pavia may be a skilled electronics engineer, but he is also a Sommelier. In his career he has worked on office equipment, particularly computers, and was head technician for industrial automation assistance for foreign clients. In 2000 he decided to change his life. He moved to Siena and worked briefly in the restaurant trade before becoming cellar master at the Montepulciano Salcheto winery in 2001. His responsibilities at Salcheto include winemaking, bottling, technical management (together with the oenologist), laboratory analysis, as well as packing, shipping, and machinery and office management.
Savino was nominated Cellar Master of the Year by a panel of experts, composed of the president of the Consorzio, Andrea Natalini, the mayor of Montepulciano, Andrea Rossi, and the president of the Tre Berte Association, Nicola Giomarelli. The panel made their decision following a long procedure of carefully scrutinising a very strong field of candidates. The award was presented on the occasion of the "A Tavola con il Nobile" dinner-and-tasting, the traditional event that opens the Tre Berte Agricultural Fair, in its 34th edition this year.
During the evening all the winners of previous editions were commemorated, and presented with celebratory certificates. Previous winners included, in reverse chronological order, Roberta Vannozzi (Boscarelli), the Capoccia brothers, Carmine and Orazio (Avignonesi), Stefano Rubechini (Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio), Primo Marinelli (Casale Daviddi), Marco Papini (Vecchia Cantina), Urano Carpini (Tenuta Valdipiatta), Fabrizio Dottori (Fattoria del Cerro), Dino Magi (Cantina Fanetti), Daniele Giani (Vecchia Cantina), Bruna Casagrande (Cantina Gattavecchi), Giorgio Laurini (Fassati), and Enzo Barbi (Fattoria della Talosa), which brought the evening all the way back to the very first winner of the Award, Adamo Pallecchi, the revered cellar master at the Cantina Contucci.