Antoine, Antoine-Marie & Jean-Baptiste Arena


Domaine Arena, Corsica

Antoine Arena, a child of Corsica, grew up in a family that earned a modest living, working the land on the island. Like most young Corsicans, he moved to the French mainland in search of a better life at an early age. Several years later, however, in the mid 1970s, the Corsican independence movement erupted and Antoine returned to his family farm as a result. From the first 3-ha he started with in the 80s, Antoine now runs a 14-ha vineyard in Patrimonio, a small coastal region in the south of the Cap Corse. Patrimonio is now also one of the most famous Corsican appellations, of which Antoine is probably the most renowned representative.

Antoine has been and remains dedicated to working the vines organically to make the best use of his terroir. He and his wife were recently joined by their two sons Antoine-Marie and Jean-Baptiste, who share their father's dedication to making wine naturally.    

“We will continue to work together all while maintaining our independence. The general philosophy will not change—namely, farming will be 100% organic and vinifications will occur without any additions."
 - Jean-Baptiste Arena 

Location

Corsica

Appellation

AOC Patrimonio, Cap Corse

Size

14 hectares

Soil

Chalk, clay, limestone

Varieties cultivated

Bianco Gentile, Vermentinu, Niellucciu, Muscat petit grains

Yields/Annual production

Around 40 hl per hectare

Age of vines

Between 13 and 60 years old

Farming/Winemaking

Organic certified, natural fermentation, low sulfur added

Certification

Ecocert

 

CUVÉES FEATURED ON LA CABANE e-CELLAR

Bianco Gentile 2015

 

Grotte di Sole 2015

 

Credit picture: Vins-etonnants