Located in the heart of the Hunter’s Pokolbin sub-region, De Iuliis Wines produces wines that are truly reflective of the Hunter Valley’s unique terroir. The winery was establised by the De Iuliis family in the late 1980s and is now operated by Michael De Iuliis.
“Dad had a business that serviced the mining industry and he used to drive through Wine Country on his way to and from the mines to see customers and carry out service work. It was on his frequent visits to wineries such as Tyrrell’s, McWilliams, Lakes Folly and the like that he developed a deep love for Hunter wines,” Mike explains. “He sold a business in 1987 that gave him the funds to buy a property here and plant a vineyard. For a number of years we supplied fruit to Tyrrell’s but one vintage we decided to keep some for our own use and the De Iuliis brand was born.”
The last few years has seen De Iuliis receive a vast array of awards and great reviews including the Doug Seabrook Trophy at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show for Best Red Wine of Show and a 5 Star Winery rating each year from James Halliday since 2010.
De Iuliis wines are made from historic and new vineyard fruit and their attention to detail and a small batch approach is the secret to their success, while regionality and a modern approach to winemaking ensures unique yet highly identifiable wines with a sense of time and place.
How do you pronounce the name?
De Iuliis is our family name and while we’re the first to admit that it is difficult to pronounce – DEE - YOU - LEE – IS, we know our wines are worth asking for.
What does the name mean? And where does it come from?
De Iuliis is our family name. The De Iuliis family immigrated from Italy in the late 1950s. Both my mother and father immigrated with their respective families when they were quite young. Food and wine were an intrinsic part of family life growing up.