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Tre Bicchieri – VILLA RIZZARDI Amarone Riserva 2015

VILLA RIZZARDI, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva  2015 has been awarded Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso Vini D’Italia (2022 Edition)

We are thrilled to have won our 12th Tre Bicchieri and especially as it is for the 2015, the first vintage of Villa Rizzardi in its new form as a Riserva.

Only 2,222 cases of six were made of this special wine, all numbered bottles and designed to mature for years

A summer of ‘Vino Rosa’








KEYA, Bardolino di Chiaretto DOC Classico  2020

95 points

Gorgeous aromatics; slightly deeper pink which carries through on the palate as a fuller wine; still with bracing and refreshing acidity; persistent; lovely hint of bitterness in the finish. Michael Apstein

KEYA, Bardolino di Chiaretto DOC Classico  2020

92 points

Bright old pink in appearance. Delicate and fragrant nose of fresh flowers, in addition some sour cherry and raspberry notes. Round and supple on the palate with a subtle onset gaining in body followed by fine raspberry fruit nuances with a soothing flow. Othmar Kiem & Simon Staffler

KEYA, Bardolino di Chiaretto DOC Classico  2020

90 points

The 2020 Bardolino Chiaretto Classico Keya opens up with delicate notes of peach skin, dried orange peel and dusty florals. It’s soft and enveloping with a soothing display of ripe melon and cooling herbal tones. The Keya tapers off incredibly long while maintaining vibrancy, as lingering minerality slowly fizzles out under an air of tropical citrus…. Eric Guido

KEYA, Bardolino di Chiaretto DOC Classico  2020


Touch of rosiness in the colour of this one. Ultra-crisp white citrus, cooking apples dipped in white pepper and crushed raspberries. The acidity in this wine is electrifying. So racy it tastes as if it’s breaking the speed limit in your mouth. Pomegranate pith. Very appetising…..Tamlyn Curren




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!

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