Monday, 16 December 2013

Umani Ronchi – Producer Profile

Umani Ronchi was established as a generic agricultural company in 1957 by Gino Umani Ronchi, in Cupramontana (within the region of Marche, Central Italy). However it took more than a decade for this venture to find its true calling, with the arrival of Roberto Bianchi and his son-in-law Massimo Bernetti leading to the company being converted to a focused wine producing entity in 1968. 
Still run by the Bernetti family today, the past fifty years have seen Umani Ronchi establish itself as one of the foremost producers of high quality wine in this oft ignored Central Italian region. More than 200 hectares of vineyards produce a substantial range of wines based around the classic indigenous grape varieties of Verdicchio and Montepulciano. 
Whilst on the one hand significant quantities of Umani Ronchi’s “classic” sub-range contribute to a total annual production just shy of 3 million bottles, limited production “top” sub-range wines are widely considered to be amongst some of the regions highest quality offerings. 
As a rule these are wines produced using modern techniques (such as temperature controlled fermentation and indeed anaerobic fermentation) yet retain a character that is inherently reflective of the Marche and its history. 
Unusually a “traditional method” sparkling wine is also produced by blending Chardonnay and Verdicchio and a second fermentation that occurs in bottle. 
 Since 2002 around 30 hectares of vineyards have also been owned across the border in Abruzzo (where the Montepulciano, Trebbiano and Pecorino grape varieties are currently planted).