Antoine Arena is one of the most respected vignerons in France and certainly the most well known from the isle of Corsica. The rugged and very beautiful Isle of Corsica has been in French hands since 1796 when it was sold to the French by the Genoans and five years later Napoleon Bonaparte was born there; perhaps the most famous Frenchman of them all. Bianco Gentile is a variety native to the island, which was considered lost until a small parcel was found up the highlands of Corsica. Antoine and a small group of vigneron friends took some cuttings from that last remaining vineyard, and planted it back on his property, effectively saving it from extinction. Patrimonio regulations, drawn up when the grape was considered extinct, don't allow for its use in the A.O.C., so the wine is a Vin de France. The parcel is situated between the Carco and Grotte di Sole vineyards.