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The de Corato family is deeply rooted in the soil of Apulia: Rivera was founded by Sebastiano de Corato at the end of the 1940s. He still pursues the ambitious principle of enhancing the quality potential of viticulture in the area around Castel del Monte and making it known throughout the world. Building on this maxim, the Rivera winery has developed into one of the most important names in the Apulian wine world within just a few decades. Sebastiano's son Carlo brought about numerous innovations in the vineyards and wine cellar in the 1980s and made the winery the driving force behind the Apulian renaissance. Today, Carlo's sons and grandsons are continuing the business with a fresh zest for action.

The fascinating, noble Castel del Monte dominates one of the most important areas of Apulia dedicated to viticulture and is certainly a fitting symbol for the DOC denomination created in 1971 and the DOCG denomination launched in 2011. The area covers the entire area north of Bari, from the Alta Murgia table mountains to the Adriatic Sea, and comprises two zones with different soil types and landscapes.

Rivera sees itself as a guardian of classic Apulian viticulture - the wines are far removed from modern flourishes. Nevertheless, the often opulent, alcohol-rich style reminiscent of cooked fruit does not dominate the Rivera wines. Instead, the de Corato family brings a fruity, tannic and definitely acidic trio to the bottles. Although the wines are also matured in wooden barrels, no pronounced barrique flavor is desired; instead, the focus is on the unadulterated character of the respective grape variety. Rivera's wines benefit from a certain degree of pre-maturation and are perfectly suitable for longer storage. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

"Founded in 1950 by Sebastiano De Corato, the winery, now under the direction of son Carlo, remains a firm reference point for the DOC Castel del Monte. In fact, practically all the wine typologies foreseen by the regulations of this production area - whites, reds and rosés, single varietal grapes as well as blends - can be found in Rivera's wide range of products. The vines, cultivated as a cordon with cones, stand in the terrain dominated by calcareous tufa of the karstic plateau of Murgia, very close to the fort of Frederick II'. - Gambero Rosso



Locorotondo DOC 2023, Rivera, Apulien

Locorotondo DOC 2023


Rivera, Puglia

Locorotondo is the name of an Italian municipality in Puglia and also the name of a famous white wine of this area. Equal parts of Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessandro give rise to this pleasantly fresh aperitif wine. The color is of a pale, delicate straw yellow. The bouquet is fruity and somewhat reminiscent of hay. The palate is dry, delicate and fresh. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

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´Fedora´ · Castel del Monte Bianco DOC 2023, Rivera, Apulien

Fedora · Castel del Monte Bianco DOC 2023


Rivera, Puglia

A fresh and fruity wine obtained from the combination of the traditional grape varieties of the Castel del Monte DOC area, such as Bombino Bianco and Pampanuto, and a small amount of Chardonnay, which increases its complexity. The result is a very pleasant wine with a fresh, delicately fruity and slightly spicy taste that goes well with starters, fish dishes and light pasta dishes. Well chilled, it is also ideal as an aperitif. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

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Primitivo Salento IGT 2022, Rivera, Apulien

Primitivo Salento IGT 2022


Rivera, Puglia

Classically proportioned Primitivo with a ruby red color and violet reflections. Typical fruity notes and jammy hints on the nose. Impressions of dark chocolate on the palate, quite acidic and with present tannins. - Gerardo [TS03/23]

"Medium, young ruby; herbal-fruity, spicy; young, herbal-fruity, quietly toasty, sweetness, juicy." - Andreas March (MERUM)


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Salice Salentino DOC 2021, Rivera, Apulien
Salice Salentino DOC 2021

Rivera, Puglia

Classically kept Salice Salentino from predominantly Negroamaro with a small injection of Malvasia Nera. Vigorous ruby color and intense aroma of black and red fruits. On the palate, it is tannic with a subtle bitterness. It is probably the most famous red wine from Puglia. Rivera's version is dry and rich, well structured and sophisticated. - Gerardo [TS03/22]

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´Preludio No 1´ · Chardonnay del Castel del Monte DOC 2023, Rivera, Apulien
Preludio No 1 · Chardonnay del Castel del Monte DOC 2023

Rivera, Puglia

Classic Chardonnay from the Castel del Monte growing area: intense straw yellow color in the glass. Aroma of citrus, pear and peach blossom. The palate is full-bodied, fruity and with a subtle minerality. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

"The Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N. 1 is a lean and informal expression of Chardonnay from Southern Italy. This vintage feels thinner and less intense compared to recent editions of the wine. Prelude N. 1 reveals flavors of citrus, cut grass, lime and honeydew melon. There is a blast of zesty acidity on the close." - Robert Parker

'Minerally and balanced, this racy white offers flavors of Anjou pear, chalk, lemon pith and honeysuckle. Stone and spice notes show on the subtle finish." - Wine Spectator


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Sauvignon Terre al Monte DOC 2023, Rivera, Apulien
Sauvignon Terre al Monte DOC 2023

Rivera, Puglia

The well-known grape variety Sauvignon is traditionally grown also in Puglia, where it achieves good results: Strong, bright straw yellow color in the glass. On the nose, typical of the grape variety, aromas of mint, green bell pepper and tomato leaves. On the palate dry and harmonious, of fine acidity. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

"An herbal white, with spice and citrus zest notes underscoring the white peach and melon fruit flavors. Tangy and well-balanced, with a stony finish." - Wine Spectator


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´Pungirosa´ · Castel del Monte Bombino Nero Rosato DOCG 2023, Rivera, Apulien
Pungirosa · Castel del Monte Bombino Nero Rosato DOCG 2023

Rivera, Puglia

The color is a light, pleasant coral pink. On the nose, fine, fruity bouquet of rosehip and cherry. Fresh and supple on the palate, with delicate acidity and long, juicy finish. - Gerardo [TS03/24]

"Bright, delicate salmon pink. On the nose of red currants, white flowers, salty, then blood orange. Balanced on the palate, delicate melt meets well-integrated acidity, supple." - Falstaff


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´Violante´ · Nero di Troia DOC 2020, Rivera, Apulien
Violante · Nero di Troia DOC 2020

Rivera, Puglia

Pure varietal Nero di Troia from the DOC zone Castel del Monte: The color in the glass is an intense and bright purple. On the nose red fruits and the typical hint of violets. The palate is balanced, full-bodied and harmonious. - Gerardo [TS03/21]

"Medium ruby; stale fruity; juicy, certain fruit, fine tart, pleasant." - Andreas March (MERUM)


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´Cappellaccio´ · Aglianico Riserva DOC 2017, Rivera, Apulien
Cappellaccio · Aglianico Riserva DOC 2017

Rivera, Puglia

Pure varietal Aglianico of strong ruby color and garnet reflections. Intense aroma, with typical Aglianico spice and impressions of prunes, black pepper, wood spice and some leather. On the palate of good density and structure and integrated tannins, persistent. - Gerardo [TS03/18]

"The delightful Castel del Monte Aglianico Riserva Cappellaccio is one of the best expressions of this noble Italian grape made in Puglia. Aglianico is associated with the regions of Campania and Basilicata, but has been making its way into Puglian winemaking in recent years. This balanced vintage opens to dark fruit aromas with background notes of cola, licorice and blue flower. Aglianico normally shows strong mineral characteristics and you get some of those dusty tones of granite and slate here. They remain very much in the background." - Robert Parker

"A firm and focused red in an old-school style, layering taut tannins with flavors of dried cherry and currant, underbrush, black olive tapenade and a sweet hint of fig bread. Fresh, balanced finish." - Wine Spectator


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´Il Falcone´ · Rosso Riserva Castel del Monte DOC 2017, Rivera, Apulien
Il Falcone · Rosso Riserva Castel del Monte DOC 2017

Rivera, Puglia

"Sparkling ruby with a slightly pale edge. Opens on the nose with emphatic earthy tones, of underbrush and moss, then also of saffron, plums, some leather, appealing. Very juicy on the attack and course, opens with fine-meshed, present tannin, builds clearly, lots of juicy fruit on the finish, salty." - Falstaff

"Herb and ashy smoke notes underscore this creamy red, which offers expressive flavors of plump cherry, violet, rich leather and sanguine beef. Well-knit and juicy, featuring light tannins and lots of ground spice accents on the finish." - Wine Spectator

"The Castel del Monte Il Falcone Riserva does a great job of highlighting the Nero di Troia element of this blend. The wine is composed of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano, but with this balanced vintage we get a better view of this special native grape of Puglia. The bouquet boasts a wild side with bramble, forest berry and pressed violets. Other aromatic components include toasted nut, licorice and tar. The tannins are softly polished and help to give the wine a silky texture. This may be the best vintage of Il Falcone Riserva that I have come across." - Robert Parker


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´Puer Apuliae´ · Nero di Troia Riserva DOC 2014, Rivera, Apulien
Puer Apuliae · Nero di Troia Riserva DOC 2014

Rivera, Puglia

"Rich, deep dark ruby. Opens with rich, intense nose, smells of leather, pickled nuts, also pickled cherries and plums, seductive. On the palate the wine is dense and deep, opens with tightly woven, present tannins, polished and elegant at the core, spreads out nicely, reverberating with cherry and cranberry, long." - Falstaff

'This nicely oaky style brims with sappy blackberry and cassis fruit, revealing hints of mocha, dried mint and black licorice. This is enlivened by bright, focused acidity and a subtle streak of minerality. Medium-bodied, with a fresh, spiced finish." - Wine Spectator

'This more structured, concentrated version of Nero di Troia opens with aromas of allspice, mature black fruit, violet and a whiff of leather. The bold palate delivers ripe black cherry, black pepper, grilled herb, vanilla and a chocolate note alongside big, velvety tannins." - Wine Enthusiast

'The 2009 Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Puer Apuliae is one of the top wines from Puglia today in terms of pedigree and sophistication. The bouquet is seamless and dense with a beautiful sense of varietal pureness. It is a pure expression of Nero di Troia (aged in oak for 14 months) with a plentiful bouquet of dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, cola, pressed flowers and grilled herbs. The floral component is its most compelling characteristic. Smooth tannins and bright acidity give the wine a sense of integrity and persistency. Many reds from Puglia can taste jammy and heavy. This wine however delivers elegance and focus." - Robert Parker


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´Puer Apuliae´ · Nero di Troia Riseva DOC 2014 (6er Holzkiste), Rivera, Apulien
Puer Apuliae · Nero di Troia Riseva DOC 2014 (6er Holzkiste)

Rivera, Puglia

Six bottles of Nero di Troia Riserva Puer Apuliae in a high quality original wooden box with sliding lid:

"Rich, deep dark ruby. Opens with rich, intense nose, smells of leather, pickled nuts, also pickled cherries and plums, seductive. On the palate the wine is dense and deep, opens with tightly woven, present tannins, polished and elegant at the core, spreads out nicely, reverberating with cherry and cranberry, long." - Falstaff

'This nicely oaky style brims with sappy blackberry and cassis fruit, revealing hints of mocha, dried mint and black licorice. This is enlivened by bright, focused acidity and a subtle streak of minerality. Medium-bodied, with a fresh, spiced finish." - Wine Spectator

'This more structured, concentrated version of Nero di Troia opens with aromas of allspice, mature black fruit, violet and a whiff of leather. The bold palate delivers ripe black cherry, black pepper, grilled herb, vanilla and a chocolate note alongside big, velvety tannins." - Wine Enthusiast

'The 2009 Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Puer Apuliae is one of the top wines from Puglia today in terms of pedigree and sophistication. The bouquet is seamless and dense with a beautiful sense of varietal pureness. It is a pure expression of Nero di Troia (aged in oak for 14 months) with a plentiful bouquet of dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, cola, pressed flowers and grilled herbs. The floral component is its most compelling characteristic. Smooth tannins and bright acidity give the wine a sense of integrity and persistency. Many reds from Puglia can taste jammy and heavy. This wine however delivers elegance and focus." - Robert Parker


Includes a wooden box.
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5 Unit(s) can be ordered at most, limited.
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Rivera | Puglia | Buy at Gerardo

The De Corato family, who together with the Gancia family own the Rivera winery - one of the few Apulian wineries that can compete with the best on a national level - has played a pioneering role in regional viticulture since the beginning of the century, promoting and influencing its development as much as possible. After the Second World War, experiments with new vineyards planted with non-indigenous varieties such as Sauvignon or Pinot Bianco, as well as the bottling of wines from the yields of its own vineyards, heralded the modern development of the winery.

In the meantime, Carlo De Corato had joined Sebastiano, the founder of the winery, and continued on the path with the same motivation as his father. Only recently, a new winery with considerable capacity and state-of-the-art technology was built next to the old winery in the Rivera district. The vineyards in the municipalities of Andria, Minervino, Murge and Corato are located in the Castel del Monte wine-growing area, which takes its name from the octagonal castle of the Hohenstaufen King Frederick II.

Rivera's range includes several varieties from this DOC, including the new Terre al Monte line. It offers wines made from Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Aglianico, whereby the latter in particular could follow in the footsteps of Falcone, one of the most important Apulian red wines of recent years. - Gerardo [TS03/24]