Tuscany, Italy
Named after the wild boar of the region that both wiped out one of the first vintages and is a great match – as a ragu sauce with pasta – for this wine, Cignale is the project of Neil Empson and friend Alessandro François of Castello di Querceto.

Current Releases


Cignale 2016 IGT (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot)

More about the Producer

Province of Firenze
Established: 1981
Owners: Neil & Maria Empson, Alessandro François
Winemakers: Alessandro François & Franco Bernabei
Production: 10,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 4.5
Viticulture: Organic

In 1981, three hectares of vines were planted across three locations near Greve at 425-500 metres above sea level, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of Merlot. The various soil types are abundant in nitrogen, a key element of structure and longevity, and yields are notoriously low – incredibly, less than half a tonne per hectare – conferring power, concentration and a long cellar life. The wine undergoes full malolactic and élevage in new and one-year-old French barrique for 18-24 months, before egg white fining (no filtration) and further bottle maturation, being released at three to four years from harvest. Cellar life is up to 20 years.