In current #226 August 2016 issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Rivera wines score extremely well according to Monica Larner’s judgment as “one of Puglia's headline wineries”.
In particular, IL FALCONE, Castel del Monte Riserva DOC 2010, ranks among Top 3 Puglia Wines with 93 pts and PRELUDIO N°1 Castel del Monte Chardonnay DOC 2015 among Top 3 Puglia Whites with 90 pts.
"Sebastiano de Corato's Rivera is experiencing an encouraging moment of rebirth. This has always been one of Puglia's headline wineries and their products are among the best in the region. A series of small tweaks and adjustments just made the wines even better. Rivera had long worked with consulting enologist Leonardo Palumbo who is credited with achieving the winery's high standards. Mr. Palumbo has since moved on to Torrevento and Rivera replaced him with Marco Bernabei. That new impetus is showing fine results and I was generally impressed with these wines across the board."