In a nutshell: A versatile and very enjoyable Italian red from the Adriatic coast.
The lowdown: Montepulciano is one of Italy's most popular red wine grapes particularly in Abruzzo along the central Adriatic coastline. After fermentation it's matured in stainless steel for a few months before bottling and as a result it retains a ripe, plummy fruit freshness that makes it delightfully easy drinking. It has a crisp minerality to balance the softness of the fruit and with its medium body has a welcome mellowness.
When to drink: A very adaptable food matching wine it'll go well with grilled lamb, pork or chicken and most pasta dishes.
The Umani Ronchi story began in 1957 when Gino Umani Ronchi established a small farm in the heart of the Verdicchio Classico region. It was just a few years later that the Bianchi-Bernetti family purchased the farm and although they retained the original name, they have certainly put their own indelible stamp on it.
Massimo Bernetti had an early focus on export coupled with a keen eye for expansion opportunities which helped them to establish Umani Ronchi as a major player. With 210 hectares under vine in Castelli di Jesi, Conero and Abruzzo, and a dedicated winemaking facility in each of these regions, they have achieved scale whilst still retaining an unwavering focus on typicity and quality. In the early 1990s Massimo's son Michele joined the business and the two of them continue to be the powerhouses behind the estate's continuing success. Their headquarters is not far from the Adriatic coast just to the south of Ancona. The result of their efforts is a range of wines which highlights both the versatility and the quality potential of the Marche's and Abruzzo's native grape varieties.