A Rich History

Through its history, the estate subsequently passed through the ownership of two historically prominent Italian families – the Del Taja family, followed by the Piccolomini family. The Del Taja family purchased the land parcel by parcel in 1504, expanding the estate and adding architectural enhancements. In 1829, the Del Taja family sold the property to one of the most illustrious families of Siena, the Piccolominis, who added to the grandeur of the estate – they built gardens, lakes, and many of the villas that stand on the property today. Continuing its legacy of family ownership, Tenuta di Arceno was acquired by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994. It was one of the first estates the Jackson Family purchased outside of California.

From Ancient Beginnings

1000

Arceno cited in historic documents as small independent community

1504

Land purchased by the prominent Taja family

1600

First villa built on estate

1716

The first Chianti wine zone is established by Grand Duke Cosimo III de’Medici, now known as Chianti Classico

1829

The noble Piccolomini family acquire the property, later constructing the buildings that still stand today

1967

The Chianti Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) is created by the Italian government

1984

The Chianti region is elevated to DOCG, Italy’s highest level of wine classification

1994

California wine visionary Jess Jackson and wife Barbara Banke purchase the estate and establish Tenuta di Arceno with vigneron Pierre Seillan

1994

Sandra Gonzi joins the team at the estate

1995

Michele Pezzicoli joins the team at the estate

2002

Lawrence Cronin joins the team as resident winemaker at the estate

2016

Wine Spectator Top 100 Award, Rank #19 (il fauno 2012v)

2018

Recognition by Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Award (Valadorna 2013v)

2019

Recognition by Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Award (Chianti Classico 2017v)

2020

Recognition by Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Award (Chianti Classico Riserva 2017v)