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Nonino Grappa
Country of origin Friuli, Italy
Introduced19th century
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Nonino is a small Italian company that is a producer of grappa. Nonino is also the name of the family that owns and runs the brand Nonino Grappa. The first Nonino distillery was founded by Orazio Nonino in Ronchi di Percoto, Pavia di Udine, in the Friuli region in northeastern Italy, in 1897.[1]

The company is led by Gianola Nonino, wife of Benito Nonino—the great-grandson of Orazio Nonino (the fourth generation), who led the company to achievements and made its Nonino Grappa famous among the celebrities of Italy.[2][3] Nonino has won several prizes, and innovated in the field of grappa production. In 1973, Nonino became the first company to produce a commercial grappa from a single grape variety by creating a liquor using only the Picolit grape. In 1984, the company produced the first whole-grape distillate, which they marketed as Ue.

Nonino also founded the International Nonino Prize [it] literary prize. The prize was founded in 1975.[4]

Serving suggestions[edit]

A glass of grappa.

Grappa bottles should be stored upright.[5] Usually, Italian households serve grappa frozen, giving it an icy, crisp taste, while the Instituto Nazionale Grappa recommends serving young grappa at between 9 and 13 degrees Celsius, and riserva at around 17 degrees. [6]

Grappa is typically served in Italy as a "digestive" (after-dinner drink), to aid in the digestion of heavy meals.[7] It is often also used as a folk remedy in Italy for toothache, bronchitis, rheumatism, or indigestion.[7]

International Nonino Prize[edit]

Nonino founded the International Nonino Prize [it], originally designed to award and preserve Friulian traditions but which has developed into a prestigious literary prize.[8] The prize was founded in 1975.[4]


Claude Lévi-Strauss
Ismail Kadare


  1. ^ "History"
  2. ^ "Grappa's True Artisan". Market Watch.
  3. ^ "Spirit Brand of the Year"
  4. ^ a b "Curtis Brown".
  5. ^ "How to store and how to serve grappa".
  6. ^ "Grappa: what it is, where it comes from and how to drink it". Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  7. ^ a b Poulos, Vic. "Vic Poulos: Why not sip a glass of grappa after dinner?". El Paso Times.
  8. ^ "Ismail Kadare wins Nonino 2018 prize in Italy". January 12, 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nonino at Wikimedia Commons