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Chianti Chairman Dies at Age 60

February 14, 1990

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) _ Francesco Folonari, the innovative general manager of one of Italy’s most prestigious Chianti wineries, has died at the age of 60, Italian media reported Wednesday.

Folonari died Monday of complications following heart surgery, according to the reports.

Born in 1929, Folonari entered the family winery Chianti Ruffino SpA following the death of his father in 1951. He had served as general manager of the winery since 1966.

In 1954, Folonari introduced screwtop wine bottles with a deposit added to the price to reuse the bottles. Both were firsts for the Italian wine market.

Asked about his company’s policy of innovation, Folonari was reported to have said, ″One must continually keep one’s mentality up to date, even for daily table wine.″

Folonari is survived by his wife, Luisa. The couple had no children.

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