Empson USA Toscolo

Fact Sheet


Location: Santa Lucia, Province of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.

Toscolo is a labor of love from Neil & Maria Empson's passion for this extraordinary region. The name Toscolo is a homage to Tuscany, an Italian Renaissance word, meaning "Tuscan boy."

The Empsons chose their friend and star oenologist Franco Bernabei to style the wines with Neil himself.

Nothing was left to chance to make an Empson proprietary brand with ideal Tuscan credentials. Availing itself of state- of-the-art facilities and teamwork, production derives from some of the region's major Chianti terroirs and finest vineyards.

Terrain and microclimates are intriguingly diverse: from compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 1,312-1,476 feet above sea level, to rocky, clayey, calcareous areas, also at a height around 1,312 feet, and clayey, siliceous, calcareous soil, at an altitude of 820-984 feet. Neil is thus able to "cherry-pick" the best selections according to harvest conditions in the individual wine zones ? allowing him to maintain consistency and the highest quality with each vintage.

Attentive vineyard management, a high density of vines per acre and correspondingly low crop yields, achieve maximum quality results from Toscolo's excellent locations. Vinification is traditional, with a well-balanced use of wood.

The entire range combines fruit and finesse with that essential "bite" which makes these wines particularly food-friendly and versatile.

Maria Gemma Empson designed Toscolo's ultra-classic, ultra chic packaging. Maria is also an artist who went on to the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Tuscany, right after college in the States: there could hardly be a better combination to inspire a distinctively Toscolo label.

In 2008, touches of gold joined the brand's original Chianti palette: a Vernaccia di San Gimignano providing a Tuscan white, from one of Italy's oldest white grapes, and "Dolce Toscolo," whose label has been designed by Maria as well.