Delighted to announce that once again Calcarole Amarone Classico has been  recognised as a TOP WINE IN THE CATEGORY  by  Vivino Wine Style Awards.

It is particularly nice to receive this award as it is a recognition from all those who buy and drink our wine. THANK YOU ALL !

 

2017: A complex and challenging but ultimately rewarding year for the wine harvest

In 2017, Nature reminded us that we do not always have ideal weather, with some frost, some rain, lots of sunshine, warm days and cool nights, yet we experienced perfect weather during the summer and a mild spell during harvest. After the early heat of March , the frost arrived damaging  the early ripening grapes in areas where the cold air was able to gather for several hours. Fortunately, this phenomenon affected us only moderately in the areas of Cavaion and Bardolino, less so in Soave, while the Valpolicella vineyards suffered only minimal damage. Nevertheless, production losses reached 60% in some of our Bardolino vineyards.
Although a number of hailstorms struck different areas in Bardolino and Cavaion and further reduced the harvest we were once again very fortunate in both Soave and Valpolicella as any damage caused by hail was quickly healed over by several days of very warm weather and the grapes were able  to dry and mature well. Despite the complexities of the vintage we have been able to produce excellent wines this year, especially in Valpolicella and Soave.

The Harvest in Bardolino

The harvest began on the 5th September with white Muscat, which was fifteen days later than in 2015 and five days later than in 2016; then the Chardonnay of Dolcè and Soave, and on 11th September the Sangiovese, which was allocated this year mostly to the production of Chiaretto. The younger Corvina and Rondinella vineyards were harvested early in the first half of the month to preserve the fruity and acid tastes. On 22nd September we then picked the Merlot, partially green harvested to limit the production of grapes destined for our Munus. The harvest of the best Cavaion Corvina vineyards ended on 27th September, followed by the vineyards of Garganega and Marcobona of Cavaion.

The yield was low, largely due to the April frosts, but the quality was good, and so we are therefore pleased with the satisfactory end result.

 

The Harvest in Soave

Here the harvest in 2017 began with Chardonnay on 31st August, slightly earlier than in 2016. These grapes were harvested in the early morning, between 3 and 7.30a.m., to avoid the high daytime temperatures and ensure ideal fermentation at temperatures below a maximum of 15-16°C. Unfortunately, due to the April frosts few of the best grapes were produced.

From 13th-16th September we collected the Garganega grapes destined for the supply of Soave wine, and weather conditions were excellent while from 10th-12th of the following month we harvested the then fully ripe Garganega grapes from our best vineyards, which are restricted only to the production of our Costeggiola and Ferra wines. These vineyards had previously been partially defoliated to increase the exposure of the grapes to air and light and thus cause ideal ripening.

Again it was a good vintage in Soave.

 

The Harvest in Negrar (Valpolicella)

These grapes were harvested between 6th and 22nd September, and they benefited from  sunny weather, drying quickly in our “fruttaio” (a well fenestrated drying room) with its good air circulation. We picked some 18,000 boxes of grapes in a vintage that was once again, for the third consecutive year, very positive.

This harvest accounts for about one third of our grape production, made up of 45% Corvina, 21% Rondinella and 13% Corvinone, with small percentages of Barbera, Sangiovese and Molinara. All the grapes matured well, but especially the Corvinone.

Fresh Merlot grapes were harvested from 15th September in Rovereti, and between 18th and 28th September we harvested Corvinone, Corvina and Rondinella grown in Rovereti, Tomenighe and Calcarole. Between 29th September and 7th  October we picked the grapes from the old “pergola” ( trellised vine) of Pojega, which produced a great and abundant harvest in contrast to 2016.

The production of Valpolicella and Ripasso was of high quality and abundant.

However, the summer drought somewhat impaired the Merlot, for the water stress somewhat slowed the maturation of the fruit.

Overall this year it was an excellent vintage in Negrar.

December 2017

 

Giuseppe Rizzardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do Italians eat and drink at Christmas? The right answer is that in every region (if not province) you’ll find different dishes, according to different environments and historical traditions.  The choice of wine has always been inextricably intertwined with the culinary local options.

Here is a quick glance to the Veneto region’s traditions and suitable wine matches:

As starters, cured meat is a classic. The most famous from Veneto is Soppressa, made from 100% pork. A medium bodied, crisp white wine like our Costeggiola Soave Classico will cut through the fatness. But a juicy red like our Tacchetto Bardolino Classico is a good option too.

In order to warm the Christmas spirit nothing better than a broth made with cappone, a cockerel that was fattened to improve the quality of the flesh. And the trick works! The tasty stock is served with tortellini stuffed with ham or beef, so you can match it with a more structured and savoury Soave, like our Ferra Soave Classico. But also a soft red with plenty of fruit like our Munus will work a treat.

The broth usually provides one popular second course that is bollito (stew). In Verona it is usually seasoned with pearà , a sauce made with stock, bread crumbs, bone marrow and pepper. A perfect choice is our velvety and structured Pojega Ripasso.

Roasts are a staple in the Italian festive menu, in particular those marinated in red wine, usually accompanied with polenta. Amarone, a member of the national wine aristocracy, is used in this type of preparation, leaving the beef overnight marinating in the wine. It makes for an expensive sauce but the results are amazing. Guerrieri Rizzardi is proud to produce two fine expressions of Amarone Classico, Villa Rizzardi e our flagship Calcarole. They are deep, full bodied and extremely elegant.

Dessert is a must. And takes various forms. As a winery from the Verona area we can help but to mention Pandoro. With its soft and sweet hug that calls for a sweet but fresh wine like our Recioto di Soave

   

    

     

 

The Italian and International elite of wine turned up in Merano last week for one of the classiest appointments of the year. The 26th edition of the Wine Festival saw five days of tastings, debates, wine Masterclasses and food events with chefs of international fame.

Guerrieri Rizzardi was present for the 11th year, this time displaying Calcarole Amarone 2008 and Pojega Ripasso 2015 that delighted the palates of our visitors. On Monday, traditional day for “vintage bottles”, we poured Villa Rizzardi Amarone 2003 that was still in great form!

 

Agostino Rizzardi
Calcarole 2008
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14 years old!

 

 

 

         

We are delighted to say that this is the third vintage in a row that our flagship, single vineyard Amarone Classico Calcarole has been awarded the top prizes from both Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia and the Guida Bibenda.

Both the vintages preceding this also won double honours:

2013 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2012 – Calcarole not made

2011 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2010 – Calcarole not made

2009 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

The wine will be available to taste through a number of events throughout the rest of this year and in 2018 – we will update where and when here on NEWS.

 

 

Platinum Medal 95 points: Guerrieri Rizzardi 3 CRU Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

We are a little bit happy to say the least with this result. The 2012 3CRU Amarone has already been a firm favourite internationally so to get recognised in this way is a pleasure.
Here is what one of the judges had to say on the wine:

Opens up beautifully with ripe and pronounced notes of raspberries and cherry fruit. Elegant and sensual palate with juicy tannins, complex spices and a long, fresh aftertaste. Stunning!’

Available now through most of our importer/distributors…

 

LOS ANGELES 2017 February 12th.

We will be at Barker Hangar pouring the Tre Bicchieri winning Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 as well as Pojega Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2014 (Due Bicchieri Rossi) and our Valpolicella Classico (Due Bicchieri).

Information:
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave
CA 90405, USA
Monday 13 February 2017 13:00
Contact
(213) 985-1011
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How do you improve a Cru vineyard? The answer is with a lot of care, maintenance and hard work and then on top of that a renovation!

That is exactly what we have done to the historic, Cru vineyard of Pojega in the heart of Negrar in Valpolicella.

The vineyard was replanted in 1978 in neat rows of high trellised vines (double Veronese pergola). Now, decades later, every year calls for regular work in the vineyard: the replacing of the supports, trimming of edges, replanting of spent vines.

However this year saw an even bigger project at Pojega. This year we removed all excess vegetation from the eastern side of the vineyard and made room for at least two new rows of  vines to be planted. Two rows that will run the entire length of the vineyard.

At the northern part of Pojega, by clearing and preparing the land, we have created space which will allow us to extend each row of vines by several metres.

In addition removing excess wild growth around the edges of the vineyards can help to improve the health of the vines themselves. Being sensitive pants grapevines proximity to other large plant growth can cause problems.

All of which means that Pojega vineyard –  from which comes both Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico and Pojega Ripasso – will cover approximately an extra 1/3 of a hectare and one day those extra vines should be the source of over 2,000 bottles of much needed (as it runs out earlier and earlier every year!) Pojega Ripasso.

 

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The contrast between Pojega’s limestone and dark clay soils
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The northern part of Pojega cleared to extend the rows of vines
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The new space on the eastern side, the ground will be made ready for replanting in early spring

Once again we are very happy to share the latest award given to the new vintage of our flagship Calcarole Amarone.

The 2011 Calcarole Amarone has been awarded the top grade of 5 GRAPPOLI  by influential Italian wine guide Bibenda 2017.

Calcarole is made every year but only released if we believe the wine is up to the quality level which we seek for our top Cru.

The last vintage we released was the 2009, also a winner of 5 Grappoli.

Already the 2011 vintage has been awarded:

  • Tre Bicchieri – -Gambero Rosso 2017
  • Platinum Award – Merano Wine Awards 2016
  • Tre Super Stelle – I Vini di Veronelli 2016

We look forward to further positive reviews on the wine as it goes on general release.

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In its 87th edition the Bardolino Grape & Wine Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year. Set along the lakeshore, the festival is an arcade of stalls where visitors get the chance to sample a plethora of Bardolino wines from many of the region’s key producers. Alongside the wine there is plenty of food on offer and entertainment too.

 

Central to the festival is the annual prize giving in which a select number of wines and vineyards are awarded each year, vineyards or wines that have shown themselves to best the DOC’s finest. The awards are conferred upon the producers and wine estates by the Commune di Bardolino.

 

This year we are very pleased with a triple haul of gold medals, two of which were awarded to our vineyards and one to our Bardolino Classico DOC 2015.

It is particularly rewarding for us to see the vineyards (Tacchetto & our organic vineyard) come out on top and adding to lasts year’s vineyard award. Fitting well with our belief and philosophy, which centres on concentrating our efforts on the land and on the vines.

 

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Best vineyard for TACCHETTO
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Best wine for Bardolino Classico 2015
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Best vineyard for the our organic vineyard (under the name of Contessa Maria Cristina Loredan Rizzardi)