Tenuta Di Arceno - Lawrence Cronin
Growing up in New York City, Lawrence Cronin was always aware of his Italian heritage. His mother’s family goes back hundreds of years in the small town of Castellammare del Golfo, a picturesque fishing village on the northwest coast of Sicily. Visits to the old country during his youth made the relocation relatively seamless years later when Lawrence moved to Tuscany to make wine at Arceno.
Lawrence began his professional winemaking career in 1995 at Edmeades Winery in the Anderson Valley region of California’s rugged Mendocino County. During his tenure at Edmeades, Lawrence specialized in small lots of unfiltered Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Prior to joining Tenuta di Arceno, Lawrence also worked at a number of other prominent wineries worldwide including Firriatto in Sicily, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, Cape Mentelle in Australia and Calina in Chile.
Lawrence was hired as the winemaker for Tenuta di Arceno in 2002. With guidance from Wine Master Pierre Seillan, he has helped elevate this historic estate into the upper tier of Tuscan producers.
Tenuta di Arceno has been a center for winemaking and agriculture for more than a thousand years. The estate is located near the fork of two rivers: the Ambra, which flows to Florence, and the Ombrone, which flows to the Mediterranean. In ancient times this area was a nexus of the Etruscan civilization. In honor of its history, the name Arceno comes from the Etruscan word Archè, meaning "point of origin".
The Tenuta di Arceno estate eventually made its way into the hands of two historically prominent and well-respected Italian families – the Del Taja and Piccolomini families. The Del Taja family began purchasing the land parcel by parcel in 1504, expanding the estate and adding architectural improvements. In 1829 the Del Taja family sold the property to the Piccolominis, one of the most illustrious families of Siena, who created the splendid romantic gardens, lake, and outdoor structures that still stand today. Continuing its history of family ownership, Tenuta di Arceno was acquired by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994.