Since the beginning of its history, the Azienda Vinicola Umani Ronchi has distinguished itself as a great interpreter of two of the most typical wines of the Marche region, Verdicchio and Rosso Conero.
Massimo Bernetti, who since the 1990s has been joined in the management of the Company by his son Michele (see photo), has created wines which are appreciated throughout the world, has renovated the vineyard stock and has refurbished the great winery at Osimo, but he is not yet satisfied and stubbornly insists on following the imperatives of a product of the highest quality. All this translates into serious work of experimental agronomy and vineyard care, and the adoption of the most advanced techniques of cultivation and vinification.
In the last few years the growth of interest in the wines produced in the neighbouring region of Abruzzo led Umani Ronchi SpA in 2002 to purchase a 30 hectare holding in the Teramane hills, a designated sub-area of Doc Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which has achieved an upgrade to the prestigious appellation Docg. Here, in the picturesque farmhouse which dominates an estate well-planted with vineyards, a vinification winery is to be constructed, to join the existing ageing cellar.
Currently, the land in the Company’s ownership planted with vines covers an area of 210 hectares, distributed over twelve distinct plots each with unique characteristics, respecting and making the most of the terroir and indigenous vines of the Marche and Abruzzo. Research is also being energetically pursued with the most representative international varieties, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, for creating innovative wines which can stand comparison with the finest in the world.
The most exciting result of this passion is Pèlago 1994, which won the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London in 1997 and was listed by the magazine Wine Enthusiast in its league table of the 100 top wines of 1998, with the extremely high score of 97/100.
Umani Ronchi SpA has achieved great results and can boast real recognition which it has won especially with its fine wines, but also with its products made for a larger market.