After a successful entrepreneurial career Willy Liesner and his wife, Inge, moved to their ranch in New Waverly, Texas. Tucked away among lush rolling hills near the Sam Houston National Forest, Willy's idea of "retiring at the ranch" was in no way ordinary. He started a tree farming business while also raising cattle. Willy's knowledge and love for the land was evident as the tree farm proved to be another successful venture for the entrepreneur and his wife.
In 2008, as the Texas wine industry began to flourish, a friend enticed Willy to plant a few grape vines just for fun.
"At first, we just planted 25 vines and lo and behold , when the fall came we had grapes. They were good grapes, too," Willy said.
Over the years, as the vines grew stronger and the grapes got better, Willy began selling them to other wineries.
In 2018, TOSCA Winery was formed as a joint venture between Willy (founder of TOSCA) and Rennie van Wyk, a retired metallurgist and avid wine-lover who received his winemaking certificate from the UC Davis Winemaking Program in California. Soon thereafter they built a winery and began making small lots of great wine, "from grape to label" and TOSCA Winery was born.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Willy and Inge named their vineyard and winery after Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece, TOSCA. Puccini is their favorite composer, and TOSCA, their favorite opera.
Inge and Willy Liesner, founders and co-owners of TOSCA Winery.
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