Rudy Buratti, chief enologist at Banfi, graduated from the Scuola Enologica di San Michele all’Adige in 1981.

Protagonist of Banfi’s extraordinary entrepreneurial history, he passed away prematurely in January 2018. 

Fondazione Banfi and Centro Agricoltura Alimenti Ambiente of San Michele all'Adige seek to remember his human and professional stature, as an example for the young generation in the industry.

The II Edition of the award was assigned to an experimental thesis/paper for a 3-year degree in Viticulture and Enology, discussing topics in the field of viticulture and enology.


The winner receive a cash prize in the amount of 1,500 (one thousand five hundred) Euro.

The winner was also be invited to attend the Sanguis Jovis Summer School of 2021 free of charge.

Award ceremony

On 12 October 2020, at 10:30 the Award Ceremony "Graduation Award Premio Rudy Buratti 2020 in Viticulture and Enology" took place via the Webex online platform.

Dr. Stefano Tiefenthaler won the prize thanks to its thesis entitled "Determination of the concentration of Rotundone in Italian Syrah wines".

The awards ceremony was attended by:

Rodolfo Maralli, President of Fondazione Banfi;

Attilio Scienza, President of SANGUIS JOVIS - Alta Scuola del Sangiovese;

Enrico Viglierchio, CEO of Banfi.

Massimo Bertamini, Coordinator of the degree course in Viticulture and Oenology of Agriculture Food Environment Center of the University of Trento - Edmund Mach Foundation;

Goffredo Pasolli, Oenologist President of the Trentino section of the AIEE

In addition to the Commission, the following took part:

Fulvio Mattivi, Thesis supervisor

Elizabeth Koenig, President of Fondazione Banfi's Scientific Committee

With unanimous judgment, given the high final quality, the Commission considers the thesis of Dr. Stefano Tiefenthaler the most deserving for the originality of the topic and for the practical effects on Italian Enology.

Furthermore, the Commission expresses its deep appreciation and considers Dr. Stefano Tiefenthaler's outstanding andworthy of mention qualities of autonomy and proactivity.

In this occasion, in particular, he carefully sampled Syrah wines from different areas of Italy to make a comparison, retrieving the weather data, processing and interpreting the results.

Also, in the writing of the thesis he showed autonomy, commitment, seriousness and attention to detail. He shows great passion for wine and capability to manage the work in laboratory too, mantaining control, producing results efficiently even under pressure.

 Finally, it should be considered that Stefano Tiefenthaler graduated in full lockdown for Covid-19, but even in this situation he showed determination and ability to finalize the work.

For these reasons, the Commission unanimously awarded Dr. Stefano Tiefenthaler with the Graduation Award "Premio Rudy Buratti 2020 in Viticulture and Enology".