Andrew Guard

2015 Vin de France 'Bianco Gentile', Antoine-Marie Arena

This very rare wine is produced from a variety indigenous to Corsica but nearly made extinct, only the foresight of the local viticultural station saved it and in 1997 Antoine Arena planted a small plot and has produced a small ammount of wine ever since. This one made by Antone-Marie is fermented dry but has more exotic elements to it than his Vermentinu. It is slightly tropical, slightly herbal and slightly citric, with a lovely refreshing and vital 'tonic' like finish - a brilliant and very unique wine

Antoine Arena is one of the most respected vignerons in France. Since the 1970's he, with his wife Marie, and now joined by his two sons, Antoine-Marie and Jean-Baptiste, has tirelessly worked to establish a reputation for excellence and  independence showing the world what his land in Patrimonio is capable of. His is a story of hard work and success.

From 3 hectares in the beginning they have all worked with a determined approach to identifying the finest terroir and have been able to increase the size of the vineyards today to 14 hectares.

As of the 2014 vintage, the Arenas have divided their holdings evenly between Antoine, Antoine-Marie, and Jean-Baptiste. The decision came naturally: in a typically Corsican spirit of self-reliance, Antoine’s sons will carry on the family tradition through their very own domaines, enjoying the autonomy to work the way they desire while maintaining close family bonds and a free exchange of ideas.