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Guerrieri Rizzardi is delighted to be part of the Decanter Italian Fine Wine Encounter at the Landmark Hotel in London on Saturday 2nd June.

Owner and winemaker Giuseppe Rizzardi will present a strong lineup that includes the new vintages of Soave Classico and Villa Rizzardi Amarone. At the top of the list our brightest star, Calcarole Amarone Classico 2011, that was not so long ago awarded 93 points at Decanter Magazine’s Amarone tasting – overall the 3rd highest score from 166 wines.

“Italy’s most iconic wines under one roof”, as the event is presented, promises some super tasting moments for enthusiasts and experts alike. 

 

We are delighted to announce that our Tacchetto was the highest scoring Bardolino in the prestigious International Wine Challenge​ 2018, being awarded an overall 92 points and the silver medal !

Tacchetto is a single vineyard that has its own unique soil, with small stones and calcareous rock, with a breezy, airy location. This peculiar terroir (along with lower yields) has allowed the Corvina grape, through the years, to acquire a more elegant and structured flavor profile.

A great recognition for the work we do to enhance our Cru wines.

 

Featuring 14,000 wines from 40 countries, London Wine Fair has a real buzz about it in recent years and this year’s event is taking place from the 21st to the 23rd of May at the Olympia, London.

Guerrieri Rizzardi will be at stand B52, the home of our friends and national importer New Generation, for the whole day on Tuesday the 22nd. 

Here is the line up….so if you are in London then pop into taste our new vintages – in particular the multi awarded Calcarole Amarone Classico 2011!

  • Prosecco DOP Extra Dry
  • Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOP 2017
  • Soave Classico DOP 2017
  • Fior di Rosa NV
  • Bardolino Chiaretto DOP 2017
  • ‘Tacchetto’ Bardolino Classico DOP 2016
  • ‘Munus’ 2015                
  • ‘Pojega’ Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOP 2015               
  • ‘Clos Roareti’ Merlot Veronese IGP 2015
  • ‘Calcarole’ Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2011     

 

 

 

The 52nd edition of Vinitaly, one of the biggest exhibitions of wines and spirits in the world, will take place from the 15th to the 18th of April in Verona. The figures – 25% of the 130.000 visitors last year were wine buyers from all over the world –  are not only impressive but are the clear signal of an ever increasing attention towards the international side of the business.

But wine lovers are not going to be disappointed. The rich program of Vinitaly and the city comprises tastings, music and art blended in different itineraries through the city of Romeo and Juliet.

Guerrieri Rizzardi will be present at Vinitaly at Hall 8, Stand L 5. Join us to taste our full range of wines from Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella.

Guerrieri Rizzardi stand

We are immensely proud to have received, for the fourth year in row, the Ecofriendly Award. It’s a recognition that the eminent guide Vinibuoni d’Italia dedicates to “the commitment of wineries that provide themselves, on a voluntary bases, with codes and standards for the environmental, social and economic sustainability of wine production”.

It’s an important testament that attests the efforts we’ve made during these years in several ways : solar panels to provide the entire energy requirement of our winery, sustainable vineyard practices and the choice of environmentally friendly packaging.

 


The wine and spirits world gathers in Dusseldorf this weekend for ProWein, one the world’s most important trade fairs. This year there will be almost 7000 exhibitors from the four corners of the globe. Three intense days of business meetings, events and tastings exclusively for professionals (retail, wholesale, production, hospitality).

For the 15th year Guerrieri Rizzardi will be in Prowein, Hall 16, Stand C 60. We will presenting new and current vintges of our wines, from the Chiaretto Spumante to the top Amarone. We look forward to meeting our actual importers, new prospects for future collaborations and anyone who is interested in our products.

 

 

Calcarole Amarone Classico 2008
Pojega Ripasso 2015

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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.