The oldest part of Guerrieri Rizzardi exists in Bardolino where the Rambaldi family (ancestors of the Guerrieri) developed an estate in the 15th century. Close by and a century later in Negrar di Valpolicella the Rizzardi family bought the estate of Pojega. These two families were later joined by marriage almost three centuries later.
Engineer Antonio Rizzardi, the son of Carlo Rizzardi e Giuseppina Guerrieri, from the 1950s managed and developed the family farms, moving from polyculture to the cultivation of vines in a progressive way. Antonio was an important figure in the wine history of the region co-founding and then heading the Bardolino Consorzio for 15 years from its inception in 1969.
MARIA CRISTINA LOREDAN RIZZARDI
Carrying on from her husband Contessa Maria Cristina Loredan Rizzardi further developed the properties and the wines, seeking out new international markets and developing new wine. The Contessa would become a well-known figure in the wine world and her hard work, keen vision and determination were widely recognised. Her achievements were honoured in 2010 when she was the first woman from the region to be awarded Cavaliere del Lavoro – Italy’s highest honour for those who are meritorious business people in agriculture, commerce and industry.
Today Guerrieri Rizzardi has reached the next generation with Giuseppe, Olimpia and Agostino Rizzardi. Inheriting a great passion for wine and love for the territory, with them the new eco winery was completed on the hills of Bardolino in 2011; it is the company’s headquarters, a perfect fusion between ancient and modern. In 2014 the Amarone Calcarole became the first wine from the region ever to be awarded Red Wine of the Year by Gambero Rosso. And so the story continues…