Arnyca Cellars was founded by Steve Distler and Luis Pettinato. Steve was born and raised in New York City. Both of his parents were born deaf which has had a profound impact on his upbringing, as he was initially introduced to sign language as his primary means of communication. That experience has greatly influenced his life's trajectory, serving as a foundational aspect that has been integrated into the branding and emphasis at Arnyca. Luis came to the United States from Buenos Aires, well trained in the culinary and hospitality industry. The name combines a sense of three places; AR for Argentina where Luis was born and raised, NY for New York City where Steve was born and raised, and CA for California where the wines are made.