Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba.
A voluntary association is formed between those accepting these Articles and agreeing to comply with the terms of membership set out herein. Governed by Italian law and these Articles of Association, the association is a Not for Profit Organization named: Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba.
The association sets itself the following goals:
a) to preserve, protect or reintroduce local customs, practices and traditions;
b) to raise the profile of local food and wine;
c) to promote the typical wines and food of Alba, both in Italy and abroad;
d) to develop friendship and solidarity among members, and to maintain contacts with other Italian and foreign food and wine confraternities. The association is prohibited from carrying out any activities other than those listed above.
The association may, however, carry out secondary activities in addition to and directly linked to its official activities within the limits provided for under Italian Legislative Decree no. 460 dated 4/12/97 and subsequent amendments and additions.
The Order’s registered office is in Grinzane Cavour Castle. It may be transferred elsewhere by decision of the Order’s Ruling Council. The duration of the Association is not subject to any time limit.
The Order consists of Knights and Friends of the Order. Only Knights have voting rights and may hold positions within the association. Persons who enjoy civil rights and accept and share the aims of the Order may be put forward to become Knights.
Knights and Friends of the Order are admitted to membership of the association with no time limit.
Members must pay annual membership dues, as well as every other contribution required by the Ruling Council.
Members must comply with the Articles of Association, the internal regulations and decisions taken by the governing bodies.
Membership dues and contributions are non-transferable and non-adjustable.
Members who for any reason cease to belong to the association lose any rights to the order’s assets.
The Order’s governing bodies are:
‑ The Grand Council
‑ The Ruling Council
The Grand Council is formed by Knights gathered in an ordinary or extraordinary general meeting. The Grand Council is responsible for electing the members of the Ruling Council and the Grand Master.
Ordinary general meetings are convened at least once a year: they approve final statements of accounts and budgets, and decide on the Order’s plans and actions. Extraordinary general meetings are convened whenever it is in the interests of the Order, on the initiative of the Ruling Council or by written request of at least 113 Knights.
Any changes to the Articles of Association must be passed by an extraordinary general meeting.
Both ordinary and extraordinary general meetings are valid however many Members attend. Resolutions may be passed by a simple majority at ordinary general meetings, whereas a majority of two thirds of those present is required at extraordinary general meetings.
Knights may be appointed as proxy for Meetings by a maximum number of five other Knights.
The Ruling Council is formed by nine Masters elected among the Knights by simple majority.
They remain in office for three years, and can be re-elected. One third of the positions will fall vacant each year. In the event of termination for any reason whatsoever, the first of the unelected candidates will take his or her place and remain in office until the end of the predecessor’s mandate. In the event of the refusal or impossibility of the first of the unelected candidates, they will be replaced by the second, and so on.
The Ruling Council is convened once a month by the Grand Master, and resolutions are passed by a simple majority of those present.
The Ruling Council is tasked with:
a) electing the three experts on the wine panel, and the three experts on the food panel. These experts may only be chosen among the Knights. They remain in office for three years, and can be re-elected.
The technical panels are invited by the Ruling Council to supply technical-quality appraisals of food and wine products.
Should it so choose, the Ruling Council may release the panels’ appraisals;
b) appointing the following officers:
master of ceremonies
Only Knights may be elected to these positions, and they shall remain in office for three years;
c) overseeing and defending the interests of the Order;
d) negotiating and reaching settlements in the name and on behalf of the Order in legal proceedings through the Grand Master or other member specially designated by the Ruling Council;
e) establishing the agenda of the Grand Council;
f) examining nominations for Knighthood; declaring their acceptance or refusal without having to specify the grounds. Postulants must submit to the Ruling Council an application for membership of the Order bearing the signature of at least two Knights;
g) pronouncing on cases of unworthiness to belong to the Order, subject to the consent of the College of Senior Knights, and communicating expulsion and related grounds to the interested party;
h) preparing the budget and the final statement of accounts for each year by March 30th of each year;
i) fulfilling all the other duties required for the successful operation of the Order, with the power to delegate part or all of its powers to one or more members for particular activities;
1) nominating the members of the College of Senior Knights;
m) allocating operating profits and surpluses to the performance of institutional and directly related activities. The distribution, whether direct or indirect, of operating profits and surpluses, as well as funds, reserves or capital, is in any case forbidden during the life of the association, unless their destination or distribution is imposed by the law.
The College of Senior Knights is formed by three members elected by the Ruling Council and chosen among the Knights. They remain in office for three years, and can be re-elected. The College of Senior Knights nominates a Chairman from among their number; it also makes final decisions without procedural formalities on disputes that may arise between the Order and Knights, passing judgement impartially; as Honorary Judge it decides on questions relating to knighthood and moral issues which are submitted to it by the Ruling Council.
Any disputes arising between Knights may be submitted to this College with the consent of those involved.
No Knight may be declared by the Ruling Council as having forfeited membership without the prior consent of the College of Senior Knights.
The Grand Master is elected by the Grand Council gathered in a general meeting. He or she remains in office for three years, and can be re-elected. He or she can only be chosen among the Knights. If he or she is not chosen among the Masters, the Grand Master will be a member by right of the Ruling Council with a deciding vote, and his or her vote will be decisive in the event of parity.
The Grand Master, and in his absence the senior member of the Ruling Council, shall be the legal representative of the association towards third parties and in proceedings and shall implement the decisions of the Ruling Council and of the Grand Council.
The treasury of the Order is composed of:
a) the annual dues paid by the Knights, the amount of which is established yearly by the Ruling Council;
b) clerical charges, Chapter membership dues and any subscriptions paid as contributions;
c) the assets and securities of any kind which the Order may acquire and accept.
The regalia, neck-chain, coat of arms and flag are the intellectual property of the Order, and every reproduction and utilization is formally prohibited without the written authorization of the Ruling Council. The same property rights apply to the originals of the articles and texts of the Order.
The regalia, emblems and badges of the Ruling Council, Grand Master, Honorary Masters, Standard Bearers, Treasurer, Registrar and Master of Ceremonies are property of the Order.
Knights and Friends of the Order are forbidden to use the name of the Order for purely private and commercial purposes, and to wear the regalia outside events called or authorized by the Order.
An internal regulation drawn up by the Ruling Council may establish the method of implementation of these Articles of Association. ARTICLE 15
All Knights of the Order are obliged to wear the regulation neck-chain during Chapter meetings or official events of the Order.ARTICLE 16
In the event of dissolution, the Grand Master will appoint a liquidator who will assign any funds to activities that are part of the aims of the Order unless otherwise laid down by law.
For anything not provided for by these Articles of Association reference is to be made to the Italian Civil Code and to the Law on the subject.Download statute in pdf format >