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KEYA ranked No. 3 Falstaff Magazine’s Top 100 Price Performance Wines

As we get ready to release the new vintage of KEYA Bardolino Chiaretto Classico it appears that the 2019 vintage has still not finished winning praise and acclaim!

Flagstaff have published their Top 100 Price Performance wines, the list of wines which have the best quality/price ratio around and once again KEYA in the top tier: with a huge 94 points KEYA was ranked No.3 in the €7 – €12 category. Luckily we still have a few hundred bottle left!

Available here at the winery and with our distributors around the world….but be quick!

Big points from top US wine guide VINOUS

Our current Amarone vintages have picked up some great scores and excellent write ups from Eric Guido, the man in charge of reviewing Veneto wines for leading US wine guide Vinous.

Eric awarded 94 points to CALCAROLE Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2013 describing it as ‘velvety-smooth and full bodied, yet it maintains perfect balance, blending ripe black fruits with exotic spices, mocha and purple inner florals’

VILLA RIZZARDI Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2013 was given 93 points and described it as ‘Powerful, concentrated and structured, this lingers on the palate for well over a minute. While ready to please today, the Villa Rizzardi will also excel through medium-term cellaring.

3CRU Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2015 which already won gold at Decanter was praised: ‘It’s deeply textural and soothing, enveloping the palate in ripe blackberries and plums with mineral underpinnings, feeling weighty but perfectly balanced’ and awarded 92 points.

 All three wines are available in limited quantities worldwide, if you want to track down a bottle and need help then let us know –


Gold Medal for the new vintage of Amarone 3CRU

Amarone Classico 3CRU 2015, the newly released vintage, has today picked up a major prize in the international wine world. The 2015 has just been awarded a prestigious gold medal and a hefty 95 points from the London based, International Wine Challenge.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has for many years been considered at the forefront of wine competitions; in terms not only of size and of its influence on the world of wine but also for its integrity and impartiality.

We only wish we had a lot more bottles of this superb vintage to sell but the limited stocks are set to sell out in only a few months  – get it while you can!

Somewhat overshadowed by this, Pojega Valpolicella Ripasso 2018 was awarded silver at the same competition and a very respectable 92 points.


Our Bardolino rosé wine KEYA Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2019 has been awarded UNA CORONA (a crown) the top level by one of Italy’s biggest and most important wine guides Vinibuoni d’Italia.

It has been such a big year, despite everything, for our new rosé and to receive yet another important affirmation of KEYA’s quality is a great pleasure for all of us at Guerrieri Rizzardi.

This latest award comes in the wake of KEYA’s selection for Slow Wine’s Best 100 Italian Rosés, 94 points from Falstaff and 91 points from Vinous and makes it our most awarded non red wine to date.

Wine Hunter Award for Soave Classico CUVÉE XX

The 2019 vintage of our Soave Classico, CUVÉE XX 2019 has been awarded a ROSSO Award in this year’s Wine Hunter, the prestigious competition of the Merano Wine Festival.

In previous years it has usually been the Amarone wines that pick up these awards, therefore we are especially pleased to see our Soave do so well.

CUVÉE XX is made from the grapes of our two CRU sites in Soave Classico. It  is a careful, quality selection made after we have selected the grapes for the single vineyard wines COSTEGGIOLA and FERRA.

Available in good restaurants and wine shops in Italy and abroad.

(The XX signifies the 20th century which is when the Rizzardi family added the Soave vineyards to the estates.)

100 Best Italian Rosé Wines

Further major recognition for KEYA, our Bardolino DOC Chiaretto Classico and this time it is from esteemed wine guide, Slow Wine. We are especially pleased to announce that KEYA has been awarded a place in Slow Wine’s 100 Best Italian Rosés.

Quote from the guide:

“This is how wines are born which are a sincere expression of the territories they come from, as this Bardolino Chiaretto shows us, intense scents of rose, aromatic herbs and small red fruits, fresh and lively on the palate, with a good finish of subtle spicy notes.”


Celebrating Ten Years of Clos Roareti with a unique label designed by Jacob Hashimoto

The name “Clos Roareti” combines two elements: ‘clos’, which in Mediterranean countries is a walled vineyard, and ‘Roareti’, which is a dialect version of Rovereti, the name of the estate, purchased by the Rizzardi family in 1810. It also expresses the two complementary components of the wine: the local terroir of Negrar in Valpolicella, and the international grape, the Merlot.

For 2017, the tenth bottled vintage on the market (13,333 numbered bottles), we chose to commission a special label and asked Jacob Hashimoto, an old friend of Giuseppe Rizzardi, to interpret the wine, its land and its history.

Hashimoto, born in 1973, is an internationally renowned, contemporary American artist of Japanese origin. He has exhibited with Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, among others, and has been represented in Italy by Studio la Città since 1998.

Through his own visual language, Jacob has created a label that explores and illustrates the relationship between art, land, science, and creativity.

The label is built on a grid of kite-like elements (a key element in Hashimoto’s particular visual language) and on each of these kites, Hashimoto has illustrated a grape or cluster of grapes that grow in number per row, each row representing the early moments of the Fibonacci sequence, a sequence, a pattern that we also see evidenced throughout the natural world.

(courtesy of Studio la Città, Verona – photo by Michele Sereni)

The ten rows represent the 10 years of the vintage, changeable and ever expanding in complexity as the wines and vines travel through the years. To capture a wine in an image is an impossibility, and here, Hashimoto strives not to capture the vintage, but to capture an analogue of the process:  the annual toil, the repetition, the calculation, and the inevitable transformation of the winemaker’s specific, complex relationship to the land.

Giuseppe Rizzardi is Clos Roareti’s creator and caretaker and he has written his own record of change and time in these ten vintages – portraits of life, written through water and soil. The label is a creative and particular balance of chaos, intuition, and control, much like the wine.

94 points for KEYA 2019 in FALSTAFF

Falstaff magazine – the German speaking world’s premier wine magazine – recent held a Trophy tasting of Italian rosé featuring some of country’s most famous rosato wines from the far south to the mountains of the north.

We are doubly delighted to announce that KEYA, our Bardolino DOC Chiaretto Classico, not only picked up 3rd place but also shared the highest score of the tasting at 94 points,

Tasting Note: Leuchtendes Lachsrosa. Offenherzige und einladende Nase, nach sattem Pfirsich, Erdbeeren, zarter Bourbon-Vanille, feines Duft-Spiel. Ausgewogener Trunk, sehr fruchtig und fein, spannt einen schönen Fächer, lebendig und knackig bis ins Finale.

In English (approximately!)

Bright salmon pink. Open and inviting nose, of rich peach, strawberries, delicate bourbon vanilla, fine play of fragrances. Balanced drink, very fruity and fine, fans out beautifully, lively and crisp to the finale. 94 points 

A lot of work has gone into realising KEYA, our new expression of Bardolino rosé, and it is extremely rewarding get such positive, early recognition.

We hope everyone, old friends and new, get to enjoy a glass soon!

The Key to Bardolino Rosé

In a normal world, by now, most of our customers would have seen and been able to taste our new rosé KEYA 2019 in restaurants and wine shops around the world. Our importers, new buyers and journalists would have been introduced to it at wine fairs and events like Prowein, Vinitaly and Anteprima Chiaretto. The world has changed but despite everything the advent of spring and the prospect of summer gives us all hope and we look to the future.

Having not had the chance to make a big splash with KEYA and with times as they are, we would now just like to share our thoughts behind the wine and our wishes that many of our old friends, new customers and future followers will soon get the chance to enjoy a glass of lightly chilled KEYA. Especially as it is now, thankfully, starting to make its way out into the world just as the rosé season begins.

About the wine:

KEY-A is a play on the first two syllables of Chi-a-ret-to (KEY-A), pronounced KEE-AH. The name also signifies a little of what the wine represents, as we have long thought that the real strength of the Bardolino vineyard area is in its ability to make world class rosé wines and that rosé/rosato is the KEY to the region’s present and future success in wine.

Not to take anything away from the reds, which of course we are passionate about, but there are factors such as: the position by the lake, the milder climate, the lighter soils, the lighter skins of the grapes used (especially Corvina and Rondinella) which all combine to make a perfect recipe for great rosé wines.

KEYA is a designated rosé, unlike many others it is not an off-shoot or by-product of red wine making. For our rosé we pick many of the grapes earlier than we would if we were making a red, in order to preserve freshness and vitality. After a short, gentle pressing,  just enough to allow the ideal amount of colour and depth of flavour, the wine is vinified at cool temperatures in stainless steel, much like a white wine, and here again the goal is to preserve freshness and fruit purity

The resulting wine is a rosé which is pale in colour but rich in style. Its freshness and intense, vibrant fruit followed by a dry finish make it a great rosé to enjoy chilled on its own or accompanying a huge range of food from cold antipasti to shellfish to salads to spicy dishes.

About the label:

The coin is of a type that originates in Venice and was presented by the Doge or Head of State for the Venetian Republic (697 AD to 1797 AD) as a gift to dignitaries visiting the city state. This particular coin was from a time when one of the Loredan’s held the title of Doge and is here on the label (along with the Doge’s ceremonial hat) as a tribute to Contessa Maria Cristina Loredan, the mother of the current generation of Rizzardi.

The design celebrates the Contessa’s contribution to the history of Bardolino and heralds also the future for Chiaretto as the KEY to the region’s success – it is no coincidence that the label has the shape of a door ….to the future.






Sunday Times Choice – Ireland

Master of Wine and Sunday Times wine writer Martin Moran every year picks out his top wines for The Wine Guide, a much anticipated annual selection which features in major Irish national newspaper The Sunday Times. The guide features more than 100 wines available to buy in Ireland each one chosen by Martin.

Very happy to say that our Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 3CRU 2014 was chosen for the category of Full-Bodied Reds and awarded 92 points.

Here are the words of Martin Moran MW:

‘Rizzardi make excellent Amarones, and you could pay well in excess of this elsewhere and get little more than on offer here” 92/100

3CRU is available in limited quantities in a selection of countries, in Ireland it is imported exclusively by O’Briens Wines Beers & Spirits.

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