If Montesco is the dominant red wine, Rizzardo stands out among white wines. The very name evokes power and importance, coming as it does from that of a fourteenth century warlord and signore from Treviso.
The Rizzardo vineyard was established as an experiment in the 1990s, serving as an observation post for the creation of the Colli di Conegliano DOCG Denomination.
Adriano selected and planted three clones of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon and a single clone for Incrocio Manzoni. They were all then observed on two different rootstocks, S04 e 3309, thereby generating six variables.
Today the vineyard contains:
- 40% Chardonnay
- 30%Manzoni Bianco
- 20% Pinot Blanc
- 5% Sauvignon
- 5% Riesling
Yet again, as with Montesco, nature will determine year by year the actual percentages of varieties comprised in the blend.
The result is an elegant, full-bodied wine that ages well and provides authentic thrills.