Du Cropio in local dialect means �doctor of agronomy� and reflects the fact that the Ippolito family has long been involved in the growing of grapes in the region. The estate encompasses a total of 30 hectares, 8 of which are on the plains immediately inland from and within the confines of the town of Ciro Marina and twenty-two of which are tucked into the hillsides surrounding the village of Ciro, several more miles inland and at a considerably higher elevation. The soil, a mix of clay and limestone, is poor with excellent drainage which is reinforced by the steeply sloped hillside vineyards, conditions that are ideal for producing small crops of highly concentrated fruit. Most of the grapes harvested at the estate are sold either at the time of harvest or as bulk wine thereafter. Then, the finest wines are kept to be vinified at the estate and sold as �Du Cropio�.
The vineyards are maintained according to organic principles with some of the vineyards now being worked by horse and plow. At harvest, the grapes are crushed and undergo the primary fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuves; then, the wines are ultimately racked into large oak �botte� to age before being bottled. The wines are neither fined nor filtered and they are left to age further in bottle for 18 months before being released to the market.