Umani Ronchi joined the Enotria portfolio is 1974 and we’ve proudly been selling their wines here in the UK ever since.
Some wineries do such a great job of popularising the wines of a particular region that the association between the two becomes all but unbreakable: so it is with Umani Ronchi and the wines of the Marche and Abruzzi.
Owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family for well over 50 years, Umani Ronchi has become one of Italy’s most respected and go-ahead producers thanks to its championing of local wines such as Verdicchio Classico and Rosso Conero.
During the 1980s, Massimo Bernetti had the vision to realise that the region’s dominant white wine style – Verdicchio – was overshadowing its distinctive red wines, particularly Rosso Conero and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
What followed was a renaissance first for Rosso Conero – with standard-bearing wines such as San Lorenzo and Cumaro – and then for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with the acquisition of 30ha of vineyards in the Teramane Hills.
Over the past few decades, the company’s quest for ever better quality has led it to build up an estate of some 200 hectares of vineyards – 110ha in Verdicchio Classico, 60ha in Rosso Conero and 30ha in the Abruzzi.
The result is a winning mix of crowd-pleasing classics – Verdicchio, Rosso Conero and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo to the fore – alongside distinctive local wines such as Pecorino, Passerina and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.
A couple of our favourites...
Pecorino Golden Fleece 2012
Intensely aromatic, this is a wine redolent with flavours of peach, mango and rose petals. Nicely structured and pleasantly fresh, it shows great persistence in the mouth. This wine is great on its own and versatile enough to work with fish dishes, pasta, salad and soft cheeses. Pecorino with pecorino, anyone?
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Fonte del Re 2011
Enticingly aromatic fusion of floral perfume, fruit-forward roundness and a touch of complexity. Distinctive local wines such as this are the perfect foil for charcuterie – Lardellato di Fabriano or Ciavusculo salami. Primi piatti with salsa rossa or meat sauce are also a winning combination, along with white meats, marinated fish and medium-hard cheeses. Is anyone else hungry..?