Volano, Province of Trento

Bollini has been the Empson proprietary brand since 1979. Forty years later, the concept is as avant-garde and fresh as when Neil and Maria first created the range.

  • Established

  • Owned by

    Neil & Maria Empson
  • Winemaker(s)

    Franco Bernabei
  • Viticulture


The Empsons’ goal in 2020, as in 1979, is to express excellence and consistency at accessible price points. The wines come from choice hillside locations in Trentino where a combination of high altitudes, a multitude of mesoclimates and night/day temperature extremes speak concentration and breeding.


Pinot Grigio exhibits traits seldom achieved at this level, with pear fruit, mineral notes and a creamy texture. The grapes are vinified and aged in stainless steel but, to engender further complexity and depth, the wine undergoes bâtonnage on the lees. It is the perfect aperitif white wine but matches well with all types of fish and shellfish. Merlot is full of fragrant and fleshy red cherry and wild berry fruit, integrated with subtle spice and a mellow medium body. A versatile food wine that is a great accompaniment to tomato-based dishes and pizza.


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