A Story of Ancient Wines, Land and People – Umani Ronchi
The Umani Ronchi story is one of ancient vines, land and people. Seasons waxing and waning. Harvests changing. Wines coming into being. The story began more than half a century ago at Cupramontana, in the heart of Verdicchio Classico country, and has spread further. Today Umani Ronchi is the wine estate owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family, who since 1957 have been making superb-quality craft wines, coaxing the best out of the Verdicchio and Montepulciano that find their finest expression in Marche and Abruzzo.
From Serra dei Conti in Marche to Roseto degli Abruzzi, Umani Ronchi has a total surface area under vine of 210 hectares nestling between the hills and the sea along the Adriatic coast. The 185 km of rows are distributed across ten districts, each with its own vocation and terroir. These are numbers that tell of our ceaseless, almost feverish efforts working the finest wine lands with the help of cutting-edge vineyard management and winemaking techniques. Umani Ronchi has doubled its estate and replanted 85% of its old vines since the Seventies. We have invested in Verdicchio and Rosso Conero and recovered the Pecorino and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba varieties, always setting ourselves ambitious wine quality objectives.
All of their vineyards, from the Verdicchio to the Montepulciano, are farmed organically. For them, this was a technical decision rather than an ideological one. Organic farming requires balance in nature and a range of crops, trees and herbs that make up a biodiverse environment. The plants thrive on Umani Ronchi lands leaving space for a viticulture that gets the best out of the grapes we grow without compromising the quality of the wines. At Umani Ronchi, organic means quality.
Umani Ronchi is driven by a strong sense of ethics and respects the environment lavishing attention on the territory and biodiversity. Their approach is highly practical when discussion turns to precision viticulture, machine management, vineyard treatments and organic fertilisers. Sustainability also underpins our choice of materials. Light glass bottles have a lower impact in terms of CO2 emissions and our synthetic cane sugar stoppers are 100% recyclable. Their energy is supplied by a photovoltaic array. Everything reflects a sustainable way of thinking and acting.
Umani Ronchi continues to be family-run. At the helm is Michele Bernetti with his father Massimo acting as chair. The management style is balanced. Harmonious. Solid. Far-sighted. A style that has put the land and individuals in the spotlight. Innovating. Experimenting. Investing. Making space for training, particularly for the team of young agronomists and oenologists who are the added value of any wine estate.
Istituto dei Grandi Marchi
For ten years, Umani Ronchi has been a member of the Istituto del Vino di Qualità – Grandi Marchi. The IVQ unites nineteen of Italy’s greatest wine labels, including Antinori, Sassicaia, Masi and Gaia, all of whom share similar values, objectives and strategies. IVQ producers interpret Italian wines for the world, conquering and consolidating international markets.
Bright straw yellow colour, it presents intense aromas of fruit and flowers to the nose, with very clear mineral notes, intense and persistent. On the palate it shows a good structure and a pleasant freshness, with ripen fruit and sapid hints.
🍽 Perfect match for seafood, fish and shell fish
Retail Price: S$ 43.00
A wine of exceptional substance combined with great refinement. Fresh with vanilla, ripe fruits and herbs on the nose. Pleasant entry to the palate with a velvety, rich and long finish of apples and almonds
🍽 Perfect match for light cheeses, grilled fish
Retail Price: S$ 59.00
Wine Spectator: 90 pts *
Deep ruby red colour with garnet tints, presenting an intense bouquet, with the emergence at the start of fine ripe plum, blackcurrant and morello fruit, and a spiced finish of black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. Soft and enfolding in the mouth, with well-smoothed tannins and a pleasant chocolatey finish.
🍽 Perfect match for red meats, mature cheeses
Retail Price: S$ 67.00