GIACOMO ODDERO – WINE PRODUCER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI CUNEO BANK
“The success of our wines and grapes today was created by Rivera and people like him.”
GIGI ROSSO – WINE PRODUCER
“He was a man with the heart of a child, and a mind of refined humanistic culture.”
BARTOLO MASCARELLO (1927-2005) – WINE PRODUCER
“He was a man of action who devoted himself to working constructively in the difficult winegrowing sector in our environment of the Langhe, firmly opposing all forms of individualism.
He was acknowledged by one and all as being of the highest moral standing, so his impartiality was unquestionable.
I know that for me my friend Arnaldo Rivera was one of the most respectable men of our Langhe I have ever known.”
MASSIMO MARTINELLI – WINE PRODUCER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CONSORZIO BAROLO-BARBARESCO
“He left tangible achievements, and a fundamental concept: avoid taking hasty decisions if you don’t want to make mistakes.”
ARMANDO CORDERO (1929-2017) – WINEMAKER
“It was the spring of 1960. I had been back for a few months from Brazil, where I had been working as a winemaker for many years. My daughter was about to be born, and I needed a job. It was proving hard to find work, and I was so disheartened I was thinking of going back abroad.
The day we met, he didn’t even make it necessary for me to ask him to take me on. He turned to the cellarman and said these very words: «Piero, tomorrow morning this gentleman is coming to work here; his name is Armando Cordero, and he’s a winemaker.»”
BRUNO FERRARIS – FORMER REGIONAL COUNCILLOR RESPONSIBLE FOR AGRICULTURE
“What struck me most about him was his personality. His way of talking, of dealing with problems and engaging with others, with undying enthusiasm and extraordinary communication skills.”
GIANLUIGI BIESTRO – WINEMAKER AND DIRECTOR OF THE CONSORZIO VIGNAIOLI PIEMONTESI
“I understood from him what it meant to dedicate your life to others – your members and fellow villagers – rather than your own interests. He made me take my first steps in the field of collaboration and cooperation, introducing me into Piedmontese and national winemaking association circles with extreme simplicity, and making me understand things little by little without appearing to teach me anything.”
A FOUNDER MEMBER OF THE TERRE DEL BAROLO WINERY
He had Cooperation in his blood. The real kind of cooperation that supports members responsibly by engaging and involving them, acting for the good and in the interests of everyone, and designed to achieve economic and social progress rather than catering to the ambitions of individuals.