“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
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.