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, in the Friuli region in northeastern Italy, in 1897. 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. 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 literary prize. The prize was founded in 1975.