Rivera winery was founded by Sebastiano de Corato in the late 1940s, inspired by a vision of realising, and bringing to the world's attention, the enormous viticultural potential of the Castel del Monte area. Widespread recognition quickly followed, and Rivera became the benchmark of Apulia wine production and the force driving its rebirth, thanks as well to innovations in both winemaking and vineyards introduced by his son Carlo. With the involvement of the third generation of the family with Carlo's sons Sebastiano and Marco, Rivera continues with new energy in the production of wines that are true to their wonderful land.
The 75 hectares of estate vineyards, planted partly at altitudes of 160-180 metres in calcareous-tufa soils, and part in the rocky soils of the Murgia at 320-350 metres, yield native grape varieties, such as Bombino Nero, Nero di Troia, Montepulciano, and Aglianico, but international varieties as well, such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Rivera winemaking is thus firmly rooted into the local, terroir, but, at the same time, is in tune with the changing demands of world markets.
The wine that embodies the style of Rivera wines and the potential of Castel del Monte appellation is Il Falcone, produced since 1950 with the classic blend of Nero di Troia with a smaller portion of Montepulciano and expressing great character, elegance and ageing potential.