Who knows where the Italian wine industry would be today without Neil & Maria Empson?
Arriving in Milan in 1970, it became apparent to the couple that few, if any, of the wonderful wines they were discovering ever reached the merchants abroad. Discerning palates the world over did not realize they were being denied most of the truly fine Italian wines, the majority of which did not even get beyond the border. The Italians were insular, content with a market sufficient to eventually absorb their production. It was the time of the quality revolution, with producers embracing new technological advances. In the same pioneering vein, Neil Empson Selections was formed and many small scale producers persuaded to part with some of their vinous gems. In so doing, Neil and Maria established a rapport with their growers of mutual esteem and trust, which with time, blossomed into friendship.
For more than 30 years the Empsons, have set the Italian industry on the road to international fame and are still at the forefront of developments, adding exciting new producers to an unparalleled portfolio as they are uncovered. Neil is an Honorary Member of the League of Chianti and a Knight of the Order of Truffles and Wines of Alba. He travels the globe spreading the message and unearthing new treasures. Maria, artist turned business woman, oversees packaging, marketing and promotions. A number of Empson wines feature labels of her design.
To cater to an ever increasing demand for quality wines in America, Empson (U.S.A.), Inc. was formed in 1992. It is located in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, with warehouses in both New Jersey and California. Empson (U.S.A.) through its network of the country's pre-eminent distributors can deliver to any corner of the market within days. The Empson aim has been and always will be, to provide first-class service, supreme quality of product, with emphasis on maximizing the product/value ratio and continuity of supply to clients worldwide. The estates that are selected in this portfolio carry the Empson's personal guarantee of quality and authentisity.
These are only a few of the reasons Empson USA Inc. is one of the finest wine importers in the land.