Tenuta di Arceno Terroir


The Tenuta Di Arceno Estate is located in the southernmost corner of Chianti Classico between the cities of Siena and Florence. The property consists of more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of which 90 hectares (220 acres) are planted to vines. Our Mediterranean climate is shaped by the warm winds from the south and the cool breezes that flow down from the mountains in the north.

The terrain at Arceno climbs from 300 meters (1,000 feet) to more than 500 meters (1,750 feet) above sea level, creating 10 distinct mesoclimates. Arceno enjoys a remarkable diversity of soils including clay, sandstone, basalt and hard schist. They range from sediment-based near the riverbanks to extremely rocky in the higher elevations.

In pursuit of distinctiveness and quality, we have implemented a micro-cru viticultural philosophy, which further divides each vineyard block into smaller sections based on the individual terroir and soil types. Each micro-cru features varieties, clones, rootstocks, and viticultural practices best suited for its terroir. The micro-crus are tended, harvested, and vinified separately, each becoming a unique expression of its particular vineyard section. Only in the final stages of winemaking do we combine the micro-crus to create our finished blends.

When replanting the vineyards we developed detailed soil, topographical and climatic maps to gain a full understanding of the intricacies of our terrain. To accommodate the complexity of the site we subdivided the vineyards into 63 individual micro-crus