Rivera is one of the great estates in Italy.
The estate excels with their reds, which are not only gorgeous in absolute terms, but also exceedingly fairly priced. Rivera makes wines that capture the exuberance that Puglia is capable of, while maintaining a gorgeous sense of structure. Readers who want to discover the wines of Puglia would do well to start with Rivera.
Rivera and the de Corato family
The de Corato family roots go deep into the agriculture of Puglia. Here, in the countryside of Andria, Sebastiano de Corato founded the Azienda Vinicola Rivera in the late 1940s, inspired by a vision of realising, and bringing to the world’s attention, the enormous viticultural potential of the Castel del Monte area. Widespread recognition quickly followed and since then Rivera, has become the benchmark of Puglia quality wine production and the force driving its rebirth, thanks also to innovations in both vineyards and winemaking introduced since the early 1980s by his son Carlo. With the involvement of the third generation of the family represented by Carlo’s sons Sebastiano and Marco, Rivera continues with pride and renewed commitment the production of wines that eloquently express the intense yet elegant character of this land and its native grape varieties. The winery’s winemaking philosophy is rigorously applied to every step of the process: vineyard management, grape harvest, winemaking, maturation and bottling; the most up-to-date viticultural and oenological practices are married to the deepest respect for natural processes, with all activities focused on achieving environmental and economic sustainability and on continuous improvement in quality.

Vineyards
Rivera’s programme of uncompromising quality begins with its expert management of its 75 hectares of estate vineyards, farmed according to the protocols of sustainable viticulture. Planted at high vine densities per hectare, they are trained to the spurred cordon and Guyot systems and to low yields per vine. The vineyards are located in sites which cover two different terroirs. Rivera, Torre di Bocca and Coppa parcels at 200-230 metres with deep tufa-limestone soils yield fine native-variety grapes, the whites with firm acidities and the reds of impressive elegance and structure. The picturesque Lama di Corvo vineyard, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the Gargano massif, lies in the rocky soils of the Alta Murgia at 350 metres, and produces chardonnay and sauvignon blanc marked by a fine crispness and minerality.
The remaining grape needs are met by a few long-trusted local grapegrowers.

Winery
The Rivera wine cellars testify to the history and evolution of wine production in the 20th century. The historical nucleus dates back to the late 1800s with a newer wing added in the 1960s that includes glass lined cement vats, now completely temperature controlled.
A modern, efficient winemaking facility now rises next to them, with small stainless-steel fermenters custom-designed for on-the-skins macerations for the reds and rosés. Maturation of the red wines takes place in two below-ground barrel cellars, one with over 400 French oak barriques, the other with large botti, both 3,000-litre French oak and 5,500-litre Slavonian oak.
The entire winery complex is today served by a solar-panel installation that covers 70% of its energy needs.

Rivera

2018

Taking advantage of the most modern winemaking practices, Rivera has succeeded in crafting a distinctive rosé that reflects the unique characteristics of the Bombino Nero grape, a variety that is so peculiar to the Castel del Monte area and so suitable to rosé wine production to have deserved, the only one in Italy, the D.O.C.G. status.. Our Pungirosa is a crisp, refreshing rosé bursting with flavor, with a forward, vivacious fruitiness that makes it a great companion to most dishes. Enjoy it also as a wonderfully appealing aperitif.

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Rivera

2017

Rivera sets the challenge of making a monovarietal Bombino Bianco which would capture all of those grape’s qualities, instead of blending it with other varieties, as it is customary. The ultra-ripeness of the harvested fruit, evident in the wine’s complex, rich fragrances, finds a lovely counterpoint in the crisp acidity typical of Bombino Bianco. Our Marese is a lively, refreshing wine to be enjoyed young, especially when partnered with “antipasti” and seafood dishes.

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Rivera

2017

The idea of bringing a typically “northern” vine, such as Chardonnay, into Apulia, represented a great wine making challenge for our winery. The transfer required long years of experimentation; first in the vineyard, researching the correct stock and the most appropriate training system, and then, once the vine was acclimatised, in the wine cellar, to identify the right time to harvest and the most suitable system of wine-making. The results were certainly positive, thanks to the fact that on the hills of the Castel del Monte doc area, especially on calcareous-tufaceous soils, the Chardonnay vine has found a habitat which fosters its complete, correct maturation, exalting the variety character. The wine that has resulted, the Preludio n°1, is one of the most prestigious in our range of production.

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Rivera

2015

Violante is the result of Rivera’s wish to marry Nero di Troia’s classic complexity and marked scent of violets to a crisp fruitiness and early approachability. This wine offers generous, forward aromas and flavours, and at the same time more
than adequate structure and body.

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Rivera

2014

Aglianico is one of the oldest grape variety in the world, being introduced in Southern Italy by the Ancient Greeks about 3.000 years ago in what they called Enotria or Land of Wine. Today, its qualities are well recognized; for its elegance, ageing potential and complexity of its wines, it has been called “the Nebbiolo of Southern Italy”. The Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva takes its name from the
thin and hard calcareous crust that is found at around 50 cm under the limestone soils of the Castel del Monte doc area and that has to be broken in order to allow vines to be planted. Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva is a wine that fully expresses the outstanding characteristics of Aglianico.

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Rivera

2013

Il Falcone is one of the most prestigious red wines of Apulia whose name was chosen by Rivera to remem-ber Emperor Frederick II of Swabia who built the castle called Castel del Monte near Andria so that he could indulge his passion for falconry. The castle later gave its name to the surrounding DOC area. The wine is obtained with carefully selected grapes sourced from the oldest among the estate’s vineyards. In the blend of indigenous grape varieties, the main grape, Nero di Troia, gives to the wine its great character and structure, while Montepulciano contributes to its roundness. The maturation for 14 months in oak and for a further year in the bottle contributes to refine its great structure and develop its classic personality and elegance.

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Rivera

2014

Puer Apuliae or “Son of Puglia”: so was called Frederick II of Swabia, the 13th century Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire who loved this region so much that he had the Castel del Monte, his most incredible and mysterious monument, built here, leaving an indelible memorial for the whole of humanity. Thus we called this wine Puer Apuliae, for being the child of the most representative indigenous black grape variety in central Puglia: Nero di Troia.

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