The history of Umberto Cesari is the history of its founder, a stubborn man who, poor in means but rich in passion, has dedicated his life to his local corner of earth and to great Sangiovese wines.
Although Umberto Cesari is not from a winegrowing family, wine always played a prominent role in the Cesari household, since his father owned one of
’s historic osterie. But instead of a career of selling wine, Bologna
Umberto Cesari decided to invest all of his efforts into making the highest-quality Sangiovese he could.
In the 1960s, high quality was still not a characteristic associated with the wines of Emilia-Romagna, and Umberto Cesari was a pioneer in this regard, one of the very first who was convinced that the Sangiovese could make a truly outstanding local wine.
In 1967, he purchased a small vineyard in the hills of Castel San Pietro and founded the winery that today bears his name.
From those initial 20 hectares of vines Umberto Cesari grew steadily, until it gained its current position of one of the few
Romagna producers capable of combining substantial production with impressive quality.
The vineyards have expanded to 120 hectares, and Umberto Cesari has become one of the benchmarks in Italian and international wine production.
Umberto Cesari and his winery reached an unprecedented milestone when Tauleto, both in its 2003 and 2007 vintages, emerged the absolute winner in its category at the International Wine & Spirit Competition; beting the many other Italian and international Sangiovese producers.
Umberto Cesari winery is located in Castel San Pietro Terme, in the heart of
Italy’s , a region world renowned for its superb food products. Emilia-Romagna
The vineyards lie on hillslopes at elevations ranging from 300 to 450 metres. Behind the hills is a circlet of calanchi, or badlands, known as the Calanchi Azzurri for their bluish hue. Their bulk helps to keep the climate mild. These conditions, plus good ventilation and strongly delineated seasons, render this area particularly favourable to high-quality Sangiovese.
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