Umberto Cesari is a is a winery of The Grand Wine Tour, a project that puts together some of the most prestigious Italian wineries that share excellence in tourism, wine and hospitality.

Located in Castel San Pietro Terme, among the hills that dominate the landscape of the ancient Via Emilia on the border between Emilia and Romagna, this winery was founded in the early 60’s by Umberto Cesari and his wife Giuliana.

From the very beginning, Cesari believed strongly in the power of the land, capable of producing extraordinary grapes and excellent wines, on par with the most notable Italian red wines. Therefore, he worked to enhance and promote the potential he saw in this land.

As one of the first wine makers in Emilia Romagna to believe in the potential of the Sangiovese grape, Cesari committed himself to this grape and so successfully imparted a productive philosophy that today he is crowned the Master of Sangiovese (“Ambasciatore del Sangiovese”).

Today, the winery extends over nearly 175 hectares of land and includes 6 vineyards – Casetta, Parolino, Ca’ Grande, Laurento, Liano and Tauleto – that spread among the hills that lead towards Tuscany. They are protected by a crown of badlands called the Blue Badlands because of the color that their slopes take on sunny days.

Umberto Cesari boasts a partnership with local notable companies including Ferrari and Lamborghini, both of which have chosen to serve Cesari wine at important events.

The connection of this winery to the world of the arts is demonstrated through the Umberto Cesari Art Contest started in 2011 with the intention of promoting emerging artists and new talent by offering them the opportunity to propose a new label for the MOMA line of wines, originally marked by a label showcasing a work of Giorgio Morandi, one of the most noteworthy Italian painters of the 20th century.

The Tauleto wine (90% Sangiovese Grosso, 10% Bursona Longanesi), one of the wineries most important wines, won the title of Best Sangiovese in the world at the WSC in London in both 2003 and 2007.

Sangiovese Rubicone IGT Tauleto

Winery visits and wine tastings

Opening hours

Winery visits and tastings
Monday to Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 am
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wine Shop
Tuesday to Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Languages spoken
Italian, English, French, Spanish and German


Wines Range
Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Albana di Romagna e Pignoletto

Guided winery tour, guided wine tastings, guided vertical tastings, picnic in the vineyards, cooking classes, wine shop