After a lifetime surrounded by everything having to do with wine, Tara Empson, daughter of the Monte Antico Father Neil Empson, is ready to make her mark on the world with her very own creation. Tara began her making a name for herself following in her parent’s footsteps and has a passion for wine only equal to her parents. It was this experience that helped to make Tara an excellent judge of character. In her words, “our growers are selected on the basis of two fundamental principles, the quality of the wines and the quality of the people. This criteria has proved to be a successful one as most of our portfolio has remained strong through the good times and the bad.” With that in mind, choosing Matteo Bernabei, son of renowned winemaker Franco Bernabei, as the winemaker was an easy decision. Together they crafted Il Viziato, a unique blend of Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola, as a tribute to two very distinct regions in Italy, Tuscany and Sicily.