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Rivera | Puglia



The de Corato family is deeply rooted in the soil of Puglia: Rivera was founded in the late 1940s by Sebastiano de Corato. To this day, he pursues the ambitious principle of enhancing the quality potential of viticulture in the Castel del Monte area and making it known throughout the world. Building on this maxim, within a few decades the Rivera winery has become one of the most important names in the Apulian wine world. Sebastiano's son Carlo brought about numerous innovations in the vineyards as well as in the wine cellar in the 80's and made the winery the motor of the Apulian renaissance. Currently, Carlo's sons and grandsons of the founder continue the business with a fresh drive.

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

Rivera sees itself as a preserver of the classic, Apulian viticulture - the wines are far from modern frills. Yet the often opulent, high-alcohol style reminiscent of cooked fruit does not dominate Rivera wines. Instead, the de Corato family brings a fruit-, tannin-, and definitely acid-emphasized trifecta to the bottles. Although also aged in wooden barrels, no pronounced barrique flavor is desired; instead, the focus is on the unadulterated character of the respective grape variety. Rivera wines benefit from a certain amount of pre-ripeness and are quite suitable for longer aging. - Gerardo

"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


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Locorotondo DOC 2021, Rivera, Apulien

Locorotondo DOC 2021


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

   0,75-L 12 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 5,95 7,93 €/L
   

Negroamaro Salento IGT 2019, Rivera, Apulien

Negroamaro Salento IGT 2019


Rivera, Puglia

Varietal Negroamaro of muted ruby color. Typical fruity aroma at the nose. Juicy and fruity in the mouth, with good tannins and good acidity. Neither overloaded nor artificial. - Gerardo

"Medium red; red-fruited notes, appealing; juicy, fine tannin, good acidity, medium weight, fine bitterness, quite pleasant." - Andreas March (MERUM)

   0,75-L 13,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 6,95 9,27 €/L
   

Primitivo Salento IGT 2019, Rivera, Apulien

Primitivo Salento IGT 2019


Rivera, Puglia

Classic Primitivo of ruby red color and violet reflections. Typical fruity notes and jammy hints on the nose. On the palate impressions of bitter chocolate, quite acidic and of present tannin. - Gerardo

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

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 6,95 9,27 €/L
   

Rupicolo Castel del Monte Rosso DOC 2018, Rivera, Apulien
Rupicolo Castel del Monte Rosso DOC 2018

Rivera, Puglia

Dense, ruby color with violet reflections in the glass. In the aroma of ripe red fruits and discreet few hints. Soft and harmonious on the palate. Also fruity and of good freshness, with present but discreet acidity and measured tannin. - Gerardo

"Medium intensity ruby; fruity notes, cherries, appealing; also in the mouth cherry-fruity, fresh, sweetness, fine tannin, very pleasant." - Andreas March (MERUM)

Initially ripe scent of candied sweet cherry, basil, dried tomato, black currant. Delicately extracted, mild fine-grained tannin, juicy-mineral mid-palate, present palate fruit of good freshness, very decent acidity but gives enough grip, medium weight in extract and alcohol, tobacco finish spice. Authentically modernized southern Italy. Montepulciano, Nero di Troia, Cabernet Sauvignon." - Falstaff

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 € 6,95 8,67 €/L
   

Salice Salentino DOC 2018, Rivera, Apulien
Salice Salentino DOC 2018

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

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 € 6,95 9,27 €/L
   

Preludio No 1 Chardonnay del Castel del Monte DOC 2021, Rivera, Apulien
Preludio No 1 Chardonnay del Castel del Monte DOC 2021

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

"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

   0,75-L 13 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 7,50 10,00 €/L
   

Pungirosa Castel del Monte Bombino Nero Rosato DOCG 2020, Rivera, Apulien
Pungirosa Castel del Monte Bombino Nero Rosato DOCG 2020

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

"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

   0,75-L 12 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 7,95 € 7,50 10,00 €/L
   

Sauvignon Terre al Monte DOC 2021, Rivera, Apulien
Sauvignon Terre al Monte DOC 2021

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

"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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 € 7,50 10,00 €/L
   

Violante Nero di Troia DOC 2018, Rivera, Apulien
Violante Nero di Troia DOC 2018

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

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

   0,75-L 13 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 7,95 € 7,49 9,99 €/L
   

Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva DOC 2014, Rivera, Apulien
Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva DOC 2014

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

"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

   0,75-L 13,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 9,95 13,27 €/L
   

Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva DOC 2012, Rivera, Apulien
Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva DOC 2012

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

"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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 € 9,95 € 9,50 12,67 €/L
   

Triusco Puglia Primitivo IGT 2017, Rivera, Apulien
Triusco Puglia Primitivo IGT 2017

Rivera, Puglia

Sophisticated Primitivo from the DOC zones Manduria as well as Gioia del Colle: The color in the glass is a muted ruby red with violet reflections. The bouquet is reminiscent of forest fruit jam and roasted almonds. In the drink of dried fruit and dark chocolate, very powerful and quite acidic. Mild with maturity. - Gerardo

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 € 13,90 € 12,49 16,65 €/L
   

Il Falcone Rosso Riserva Castel del Monte DOC 2014, Rivera, Apulien
Il Falcone Rosso Riserva Castel del Monte DOC 2014

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 2009 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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 € 14,95 19,93 €/L
   

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

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 23,90 31,87 €/L
   

´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


· Note: This product includes a wooden box.
· Note: This is a composite article, which consists of several individual products.

   6 Fl. a 0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 158,00 35,11 €/L
   


Rivera | Puglia | gerardo.de

The de Corato family is deeply rooted in the soil of Puglia. It was here, towards the end of the 1940s, that Sebastiano founded the Rivera winery in the family farm of the same name, located in the environs of Andria, with the intention of enhancing the enormous quality potential of viticulture in the Castel del Monte area and spreading it throughout the world. Success was not long in coming, and in a short time the Rivera winery became the main point of reference for the Apulian wine world and the driving force behind its renaissance, thanks also to the innovations in the vineyard and cellar brought about by Sebastiano's son Carolo from the 1980s onwards. Today, with the arrival of Sebastiano and Marco - Caro's sons and grandsons of the founder - the winery continues with pride and fresh drive to produce wines that express the intense and elegant character of this growing area and its grape varieties.

The quality project of the Rivera winery is based on prudent management of the 75 hectares of company-owned vineyards. Here the vines are kept according to sustainable agriculture protocols in cordon with cone pruning and Guyot system with high vine density per hectare and low yield. The vineyards are located in two different terroirs: Torre di Bocca and Coppa vineyards, between 200 and 230m above sea level, characterized by deep soils with calcareous and tuffaceous rocks, yielding white grapes from native grape varieties and red grapes of great elegance and structure. On the other hand, the impressive Lama di Corvo vineyard, facing the sea and the Gargano massif, was planted on the rocky soils of the Alta Murgia tableland at an altitude of 350 meters. Here ripen Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes of particular freshness and minerality.

Rivera is one of the few Apulian wineries that can really compete with the best at the national level. The De Corato family, which today holds the ownership of the Rivera winery together with the Francia family, has held an avant-garde role in regional viticulture since the beginning of the century, whose development it stimulated and influenced to the greatest extent possible. After the Second World War, experiments in newly planted vineyards, in which non-native varieties such as Sauvignon or Pinot-bianco were planted, as well as the bottling of wines from the grapes 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 same path with the same motivation as his father.

Only recently, next to the old winery in the Rivera district, a new winery with considerable capacity has been built, representing the latest technological development. The vineyards in the municipalities of Andria, Minervino, Murge and Corato are located in the Castel del Monte production area, which takes its name from the octagonal castle of the Hohenstaufen king Frederick II. Rivera's wine range includes several varieties from this appellation, including those from the new Terre al Monte line. Among them are wines made from Sauvignon, Pinot-Nero and Aglianico, the latter in particular could follow in the footsteps of Falcone, one of the most important Apulian reds of recent years. - Gerardo

"Founded in 1950 by Sebastiano De Corato, this large winery now offers, under the direction of son Carlo, a wide range that gives as much space to local grapes as to international varieties planted in the eighties. The DOC Castel del Monte is of great importance, but this does not diminish the quality of the other labels. The vines, raised with the cordon-cone pruning system, ripen at 200 to 220 meters above sea level on soils rich in limestone and tuff, or on the rocky Murgia hills at 300 to 350 meters above sea level." - Gambero Rosso
"Rivera is one of the most important wineries in Puglia in terms of image and quality. I was able to taste through two vintages of recent releases and was delighted by the two top-shelf wines (the Puer Apuliae and Il Falcone Riserva) from the 2009 vintage. To my palate, these are two of the finest wines ever made by Rivera. Rivera has overwhelmingly mastered the difficult art of making great wine from the finicky Nero di Troia variety. Because of its thin skin, the grape often suffers from mold and mildew. But Rivera has gained experience over the years to lessen the impact of these issues." - Robert Parker