Founded in 1985 by two brothers, Ciro and Antonello, Fratelli Urciuolo is dedicated to hand-crafting some the best wines in all of Campania. The previous 2 generations of the Urciuolo family were well-known for cultivating chestnut trees throughout the region, and gained notoriety for their unique knowledge of the local soils. It was this familiarity with regional terroirs that initially drove the Urciuolo family to explore planting vineyards in their native land. After Antonello returned home from studying winemaking at university, he and his brother decided to realize a dream of their father’s and produce wine under the family name.
The journey began with planting of Fiano grapes across 2.5 hectares situated at the base of Mount Faliesi in the Avellino DOC. Since then, small single-vineyards of Greco, Aglianico, and Falanghina have been added to the wineries holdings. About 50% of the total production comes from estate-owned vineyards, while the rest is sourced from local farmers the family has known for decades.
The winery itself it located in the small town of Forino, about an hour’s drive southeast of Naples. The family also owns vineyards in Tufo, Torrecuso, Lapio, and Mirabella Eclano. Every parcel used for the production sits between 300-600 meters in altitude, and is meticulously hand-harvested each fall. Area soils all have traces of volcanic ash and ancient clays, giving each wine a unique combination of complexity and minerality that is the hallmark of native Campanian varietals.
In recent years, the winery has been awarded “Tre Bicchieri” by Gambero Rosso numerous times for both their Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi bottlings.