About Viticoltori De Conciliis
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the revitalization of winemaking in Italy’s south and Bruno De Conciliis is among the influencers who have ‘inspired a new batch of young producers with wines of character that reflect [the] land and complement its delicious food.’ (Decanter)
Bruno & his family are dedicated to the production of wine from Campania’s best-known native grapes – Fiano and Aglianico. Located in the Cilento hills at 250 m, about 10 km from the sea directly inland from Agropoli and south of the remarkable Greek ruins at Paestum, the region benefits from a milder climate, leading to a fruitier, more approachable style of wine than mountainous appellations, but don’t be mistaken — these are complex, serious wines. This is also the region where the world’s best Mozzarella di Bufala is produced. The cellar is surprisingly modern (given it’s previous life as a chicken barn) and the wines are juicy, aromatic and fresh. Temperature controlled stainless steel is used for precise fermentations and aging is done in a mix of new and old French oak. In the vineyard, calcareous clay soil lends the wines nuanced aromatics and minerality. 25 ha of organically-farmed vineyards yield approximately 200,000 bottles annually.
The De Conciliis family stopped supplying the local cooperative in 1990 and began bottling their own wine. Over the course of the last two decades their progress has been impressive and Bruno is a consummate student. There is a constant atmosphere of experimentation in the winery, fuelled by the music that regularly fills the space — in fact, ‘Naima’ is named after the John Coltrane song, while ‘Selim’ is an anagram of Miles, and ‘Bacio il Cielo’ is, well, you get the picture... This experimentation leads to wines that are always slightly offbeat, and always interesting, as evidenced by their creation of the first sparkling Aglianico.
Both ‘Donnaluna’ Fiano and Aglianico are Certified Organic from the 2016 vintage.