Our story starts in the heart of Emilia-Romagna,
over 50 wine harvests ago.
A passion that is passed down from one generation to the next. After starting to work with wine due to his passion at the beginning of the 1960s, he has since dedicated his life to vine-growing, specializing in local grape varieties. Starting with few means but a lot of enthusiasm in a moment when quality and locally-grown where foreign concepts in Romagna, he was able, over time, to get others to know and appreciate his wines, especially abroad - so much that he is now considered a sort of ambassador of Sangiovese in the world.
UMBERTO CESARI TIMELINE
Inauguration of the new headquarters and barrel cellar.
Launch of Resultum.
First Art Contest to select the new MOMA labels.
Launch of Moma Rosso (Red wine).
First international award: Tauleto wins the “Sangiovese Trophy” at the famous IWSC, International Wine & Spirit Competition.
First grape harvest of Tauleto.
Creation of the Passito, the raisin wine.
Beginning of the collaboration with the Agrarian Faculty of the University of Bologna.
Inauguration of the barrel cellar.
First participation to Vinitaly.
First export to the American market, which is added to the main European markets.
First grape harvest of Liano.
Umberto Cesari purchases the first field.
We are only the guardians of the surrounding environment:
every field and vineyard is a story of itself, every wine has a soul made up of experience, technique, and fate.
Our production process includes the value of experience mixed to state-of-the-art production techniques, showing every day passion and respect for a rigorous method that ensures the great quality of our products.
The decision to invest in the most advanced technology on the market proves the vision of a company that looks to the future, that wants to constantly innovate the family’s wine-making tradition, that continuously strives towards innovation and research.
FIELDS AND VINEYARDS
Everything is born here, in our 8 ‘poderi’ or fields - Claterna, Casetta, Parolino, Laurento, Ca’ Grande, Miravalle, Tauleto, and Liano - measuring 355 hectares of vineyards protected by the Calanchi Azzurri, badlands that form a crown-like structure of clay-based rocks. These, together with the sharp difference between seasons, promote a mild climate and make the soil the optimal growing ground for selective vine-growing.
The promotion of our land also includes the production of high-quality Sangiovese grapes as well as of other varieties of local grapes such as Albana, Pignoletto, and Trebbiano. The local wine heritage is then mixed with internationally-known varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, necessary to produce special cuts through the refined art of Blending.
Experience and passion for a long and patient work.
THE GRAPE HARVEST
A WHEEL THAT KEEPS ON TURNING
The grape harvest is a special moment that takes place every autumn, when ripe grapes are picked after months of patient work and wait. The harvest closes the grapes’ story and starts that of the wine.
THE COMPANY’S BEATING HEART
Cellars and barrel cellars of over 20,000 sqm dedicated to wine and its resting period are part of the brand Umberto Cesari, where you can walk and hear the echo of days long gone by. Our cellars welcome the grapes harvested during the day: a privilege that has always been part of our history.
THE BARREL CELLAR
THE PLACE WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE WORK OF MAN AND NATURE
Our barrel cellars are the ideal places to let wines refine and age in a protected environment checked for humidity and temperature, constantly monitoring every phase of the process all the way to when it is bottled.
For Umberto Cesari, innovation is the vision of a company that is rooted in tradition yet looks to the future, able to constantly evolve its family traditions. Investing in the most advanced technology available on the market together with the experience acquired in decades of work is at the base of our idea of the future.
Carpigiani is a symbol of the technique and craftsmanship that goes into the production of machines for the production of artisanal ice cream, the real Italian ‘gelato’. A long-standing partnership between two hubs of excellence of the region that allows our wines to express themselves to the most even through the combination with a classic and timeless dessert.
A classic Parisian touch with colours that make Isabel Marant the designer of ‘contamination’. It is from this prestigious mix that our partnership starts, to match every item of clothing with a different wine.
Great scent, fragrance, and softness: Favola is the first and only mortadella stuffed and cooked in natural pork rind. This unique recipe, patented in the Salumificio Palmieri, is a perfect match with a red wine signed by Umberto Cesari. This is the best of the culinary heritage of Emilia-Romagna, with unique and high-quality products.
Our region is popular all over the world as the birthplace of some of the most famous Italian food products like Parmigiano Reggiano. This is why we have opened the door of our winery to some of the companies in the region and created, with them, some great tasting ideas, matching their specialties to our wines.
Umberto Cesari is very closely tied to this land, which they consider a resource, something that they try to promote in Italy and in the world through wine. The partnership between Umberto Cesari and Bologna FC 1909 reaffirms the ties that link us to this club, with which we share values and goals.
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