Berkmann Wine Cellars adds Umani Ronchi

Berkmann Wine Cellars is to become the exclusive UK agent for Italian producer Umani Ronchi.

The partnership, which starts March 1, gives Berkmann customers access to a range of wines at different price points from Marche and Abruzzo, and it also expands Berkmann’s existing portfolio of Italian agencies.

The Umani Ronchi estate was founded more than 50 years ago by Gino Umani Ronchi in Cupramontana, the heart of Verdicchio Classico. Today the estate is owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family, and the producer specialises in Verdicchio and Montepulciano.

Umani Ronchi owns 210 hectares along the Adriatic coast, and the vineyards are distributed across ten districts, each with its own terroir. Since the 1970s the company has doubled its estate and replanted 85% of its old vines, investing in Verdicchio and Rosso Conero areas as well as extending to other indigenous varieties such as Pecorino and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.

Alex Hunt MW, purchasing director at Berkmann Wine Cellars, commented: “We are truly honoured that Umani Ronchi have decided to appoint Berkmann Wine Cellars as their UK distributor. This partnership arises from a real meeting of minds, with two family businesses founded in the middle of the twentieth century looking to forge a successful and sustainable future together in the twenty-first.

“As a producer of scale and quality, Umani Ronchi is peerless within their region, as recognised by their membership of the Istituto Grandi Marchi – becoming the fifth of that illustrious group to be represented by Berkmann Wine Cellars. We look forward immensely to being able to offer this outstanding range of wine to our customers across the UK.”

Michele Bernetti, owner of Umani Ronchi, said: “As president and owner of Umani Ronchi winery, we are enthusiastic about this new cooperation because our company finds in Berkmann many of the values that we share with our major partners and represent the foundation of our company: family strength, continuity, deep orientation towards quality.

“Despite difficulties related to the uncertain Brexit situation, United Kingdom remains one of the main and most strategic markets for Umani Ronchi development and Brand affirmation. I believe that the partnership with Berkmann will bring additional value to our position.”