D'Orta – De Conciliis
** Certified Organic
Owner(s): Vincenzo D’Orta; Bruno, Paola, and Luigi De Conciliis
Vineyard area: 4 hectares (9.9 acres)
Date founded: 1997
Philosophy: D’Orta & De Conciliis is a joint project of the three De Conciliis siblings (from Viticoltori De Conciliis) and Vincenzo D’Orta. It was conceived from the beginning as a “no compromises” winery. They farm everything biodynamically, and they don’t make any wine in sub-standard vintages. Otherwise, the philosophy is the same as for Viticoltori De Conciliis : (1) Respect nature, respect the land. (2) Respect the culture of the area – what Bruno De Conciliis calls “the rhythm of life”. Every area expresses its own material culture – not only what people eat and drink, but the local relationship of humans to the earth. (3) Respect the people who do the work. D’Orta & De Conciliis is located in one of the poorest areas of Campania. Part of their effort is to re-hire workers, pay them a real wage, and guarantee them year-round work.
Vineyard methods: Most vineyards are biodynamic (since 2004). All manual harvest.
Winemaking methods: All native fermentations. No added enzymes and as little added sulfur as possible. The winery has been energy self-sufficient since 2007, thanks to solar panels. In addition, the winery is implementing water recycling methods in order to reduce water use as much as possible.