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 30 hectares 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 – 110 hectares in Verdicchio Classico, 60 hectares in Rosso Conero and 30 hectares 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.