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Siena, Italy


Lawrence Cronin

Tenuta di Arceno embodies the past, present and future of Tuscany. This impressive 2,500-acre estate lies in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region between Florence and Siena. Wines have been made in these hills since the dawn of the Etruscan civilization nearly 3,000 years ago. Since its purchase by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994, Tenuta di Arceno has become one of Tuscany’s premier wineries.

The estate climbs from 1,000 to 1,750 feet above sea level and features 220 acres of vineyards. The site boasts a sundrenched southwest exposure and ample protection from the cold north winds. The well-draining, stony soils naturally restrict crop levels and reflect sunlight back up to the vines creating additional warmth and light for the grapes.

As with many of Chianti Classico’s greatest wineries, Tenuta di Arceno grows both native Italian and Bordeaux varieties, however, Sangiovese is the signature grape of this estate, with smaller percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, which add complexity and diversity to Tenuta di Arceno’s final blends. Tight vine spacing, low yields and modern winemaking methods create wines that are rich, pure, regionally specific and highly expressive.

Italian-American Lawrence Cronin has been the winemaker at Tenuta di Arceno since 2002.