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Considered one of the fathers of modern viticulture, Ruggero Forti was born in Venice in 1933. He graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Padua with a thesis on viticulture and with rapporteur Professor Italo Cosmo, of which he became assistant at that experimental wine-growing station Conegliano enology, where he worked on the identification of vine biotypes for clonal selection.
He was a vice-teacher and oenologist teacher at Conegliano’s homonymous school in the three-year period 1958-1960. He soon became a director of the Cooperative Living in Rauscedo, only 27 years old, who had been in charge of the reorganization from 1960 to 1985 for 25 years. Commercial part and in particular to the creation of the experimental center with the introduction of numerous biotypes that, following studies and research according to the legislation in question, became clones.
He founded and was president of two important realities in the field of viticulture: the MIVA (Italian Multiplicative Viticoli Associati) and the CIP (Comité International des Pepinieristes viticulteurs) in Geneva. He was a member of the Ministerial Committee on Vine Variety Examination and was Regional Adviser Ersa Fvg and Consultant to the Regional Institute of Palermo’s Vine and Wine. Ruggero Forti also collaborated with Italian and foreign universities and research institutes such as the Forschunsaustalt Institute in Germany, Entav in France, Davis University in the United States of America, Zemun University in Belgrade and the Inta Research Center in Argentina.
A long and brilliant career that, amongst the various activities, led him to buy the Tenuta di Pinzano al Tagliamento around the 1980s and to start it as a wine-growing company by arranging and replanting native vines and restoring the old patron home that had suffered some damage Due to the 1976 earthquake.
He died at 82 in 2015.