In 1649 Carlo Rizzardi from Toscolano Maderno arrived in Valpolicella and bought the property of Pojega with the nearby vineyards of Calcarole and the estate of Rovereti added later. He built the cellar of Pojega and produced the first Rizzardi labels in 1678. Later in 1783 Antonio Rizzardi created the garden of Pojega, still famous in the world for the wonderful perspectives of its design “all’italiana” and for its renowned theatre in Boxwood and for Villa Rizzardi, restored later in the 1850’s.

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The vineyards (25 hectares) and the cellar are located in Negrar, one of the 5 municipalities of the Valpolicella Classico zone. Only 5 of the 19 municipalities of Valpolicella are part of the Classico denomination.
The vineyards, divided into 25 plots, reach 40+ years of age. The planting density is between 1600 and 5000 plants per hectare. The estate includes three crus officially recognized in the Valpolicella area: Rovereti, Pojega and Calcarole.


On the Valpolicella estate only red grape varieties are grown: Corvina and Corvinone (60%), Rondinella, Barbera, Merlot and Sangiovese. The altitude is between 170 and 230 meters above sea level and the vineyards are located in a hilly area. The soil is mainly clay based with a significant presence of limestone.


CALCAROLE, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG

Calcarole Amarone is produced exclusively in the best vintages and in small quantities. Calcarole is a terraced vineyard in Negrar, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico. It is ideally located for the particularly beneficial climate, the pebbly soil and the south-west exposure.


VILLA RIZZARDI, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG

Amarone represents a unique winemaking method that uses grapes grown in Valpolicella which, after harvesting, are dried in boxes. The grapes for this Amarone are grown in the Pojega vineyard, where the average age of the vines is at least 30 years.


3CRU Amarone Classico della Valpolicella DOCG

Selected grapes from our three Cru vineyards (Calcarole, Pojega & Rovereti) make up the wine. Barrels normally destined for Calcarole and Villa Rizzardi – which were not bottled in 2012 – make up the majority of the blend.


POJEGA, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC

Ripasso is a traditional, unique and strictly controlled winemaking method, carried out only with grapes grown in Valpolicella. The name Ripasso derives from the re-fermentation of our Valpolicella, from Pojega vineyard grapes, on the pomace of our two Amarone. After malolactic fermentation the wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels.


CUVÉE XVII, Valpolicella Classico DOC

The first traces of the cultivation of vines in Valpolicella date back to the fifth century BC. Our vineyards are located in a classic area: a panorama of small hills dominated by the cultivation of vines, olive trees and cherry trees and with an ideal climate influenced by the mountains and the proximity of the lake.


CLOS ROARETI, Rosso Veronese IGT

The first year of production of the Clos Roareti, our single site Merlot, was 2004. The grapes are harvested in the historic Rovereti vineyard in Negrar, in Valpolicella. In this vineyard, enclosed by centuries-old walls, since the late 1990s we cultivate Merlot perfectly adapted to the climate and the red clay soil.



Negrar, Valpolicella

Via Villa Rizzardi 10
37024, Negrar (VR)

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The gardens, commissioned in 1783 by Antonio Rizzardi to landscape architect Luigi Trezza (1752-1823), represent the last masterpiece of Italian gardens, known for its green amphitheatre and its spectacular perspectives (original drawings in the Biblioteca Civica of Verona). The surface is of 54000 m2 (13.3 acres): the temple, theatre, walls, galleries and belvedere were built and positioned built transforming and bending trees, hedges and water into a unique landscape of changing perspectives.

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Villa Rizzardi is the perfect location for your unforgettable private events such as weddings, banqueting and celebrations or business events as meetings, conventions, gala dinners, fashion shows and exhibitions.

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