A flagship producer of Corsican wines, the charismatic Antoine Arena produces wines of increadible precision. He has managed the domain since 1980 (having started out with 3 hectares) and his children Jean-Baptiste and Antoine-Marie joined him in 2004. The domain now spans 11 hectares, with Nieullucciu, Vermentino, Bianco Gentile and Muscat à Petits Grains for the sweet wines. The domain is certified organic and is farmed according to biodynamic methods.
About the cuvée
This certified organic Vermentino is grown by Jean-Baptiste, Antoine Arena ‘s son. The vines are 25 years old and grow on clay-limestone soils. The one-hectare vineyard is fully south-facing. The wine is vinified naturally, with no fining, nor filtering and no yeasts added. This white has incredible power and body. Characterful, with spices and white flowers, and the perfect balance between alcohol and acidity.
The best vintages for Patrimonio Grotte di Sole Antoine Arena :
2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.