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August 2017

For the Love of Corsica
Antoine Arena helped revive this Mediterranean island’s wine. Now he’s turning the legacy over to his sons
Posted: Aug 21, 2017 11:00am ET
Nearly 40 years ago, Antoine Arena stunned his family by announcing he was quitting law school on the French mainland to return home to their vineyards on Corsica. His goal: Restore the legacy of Patrimonio, once known as a “little Burgundy.” Now he and the appellation are known for their flavorful Vermentino whites and Nielluccio reds. Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits to take the measure of his success.
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Calabrian High Style
Inside Ceraudo's southern Italian idyll
Posted: Aug 7, 2017 9:00am ET
When many of his peers in southern Italy were abandoning family farms and vineyards, Roberto Ceraudo went the other direction. In 1973, the son of a grain merchant borrowed money to buy an abandoned 100-acre estate in the Calabrian countryside. Ceraudo then set to work-planting vineyards in the chalky clay soils, reclaiming centuries-old olive groves, renovating a 400-year-old farmhouse and excavating a lake fed by well water. Today, Ceraudo is a local legend, renowned for his wines, olive oil and a gastronomic restaurant, now run by daughter Caterina, one of Italy's most celebrated young chefs. Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto pays a visit.
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