Puer Apuliae or “Son of Apulia”: so was called Frederick II of Swabia, the 13th century Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire who loved this region so much to make it his summer residence and building the majestic "Castel del Monte", leaving an indelible memorial for all mankind. Thus, Puer Apuliae,gets its name from being the child of the most representative indigenous black grape variety in central Apulia: "Nero di Troia". It is a wine of considerable character and style, obtained from an almost-forgotten small-berried clone of Nero di Troia selected in Rivera’s oldest vineyards, Tafuri.
Modern-style vinification and ageing in new barriques have enabled us to make a wine in which the typical aromas of this variety, violets and star anise, are strongly present, supported by a really full-bodied palate.
Deep, dark and dangerous; intense, fresh aromas of dark berry, spice, and violets. Amazing weight on the pallet with spicy black berries and with soft grippy tannins. Great for the exploring Shiraz drinker
The de Corato family roots go deep into the countryside of Puglia, more precisely in Andria on the high plain between the Murgia hills and the Adriatic Sea. Here Giuseppe, the family patriarch born in the midst of the XIX century, was a farmer with entrepreneurial spirit. In 1921 he acquired the large estate owned for centuries by the noble Rivera family, whose founder Pietro had been captain of Emperor Fredrick II of Swabia in XII century, and made of it a model in vine and olive production.
It is in Rivera historical cellars that Sebastiano, Giuseppe youngest and most visionary son, founded the winery in the late 1940s, inspired by a vision of realising the enormous viticultural potential of the hilly area dominated by Castel del Monte, Fredrick II’s masterpiece and the area’s landmark. His ambition of creating a brand that would nally represent Puglia in the world’s wine rmament and his tenacity were soon to be rewarded as Rivera quickly become benchmark of Puglia quality wine production and force driving its rebirth.
In the ’70 Sebastiano’s son Carlo introduced innovations in both vineyards and winemaking that led to the development of wines that innovated the region’s wine scene. Under his mentoring his sons Sebastiano and Marco, representing the fourth generation, bear with pride and continue with commitment a century long history of success that has made Rivera wines ambassadors of Puglia in the world’s markets.
Located on the Roman Traian road at the foot of the Alta Murgia hills where ancient trails would bring herds of sheep from Abruzzo every autumn for their winter pastures, Rivera estate testify to the history and evolution of agricultural production of a whole territory. The winery’s historical nucleus dates back to the late 1800s and hosts red riserva wines in its below-ground barrel cellars with over 400 French oak barriques, 20 3,000-litre French oak and 9 5,500-litre Slavonian oak casks. A newer wing added in the 1960s with built-in glass lined cement vats, now completely tempera- ture controlled, is used for post-fermentation ning and maturation of white, rosè and young red wines. Epicentre of today’s winemaking activities is the new modern, e cient facility now rises next to historical buildings, with small stainless-steel fermenters custom-designed for on-the-skins macerations for red and rosé wines, and well suited for whites. The entire winery complex is served by a solar-panel installation that covers 70% of its total energy needs.
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This single-varietal Uva di Troia was launched in 2000 after extensive clonal research. Gorgeously expressive juniper, heather, black olive and lavender on a sinewy frame. Sufficiently polished without sacrificing this grape’s intrinsic wildness.
Shows good complexity on the nose with cloves and baking spices that complement the glazed strawberries, citrus and candied orange peel. Medium to full body with some lovely juiciness to the acidity and tannins. Succulent on the finish.