Expect the unexpected taste

Corsica is the heir to a wine-growing savoir-faire dating back the Greeks of Antiquity, who grew their own Alalia (i.e. Aleria) wines. While the most iconic Corsican Napoleon may be French, three months prior to his birth in Ajaccio in 1769,  this insular territory was still administered by the Republic of Genoa in Italy (C13 to C18), after having been controlled by city state of Pisa.

As a result of this long heritage, one of the most widespread varieties in Corsica is Nielluccio, a variety decribed as a close counterpart of Tuscany’s Sangiovese. The major white grape is Vermentino, which is also called Malvoisie. Sciacarello, which means “the grape that bursts under the teeth”,  is a red only found in Corsica.

Since Corsica is effectively a “mountain in the sea”, each of its many valleys enjoys an individual micro-climate. There is also a huge variety of types of soil on the island, all of which are particularly suited to growing vines.

Wines grown on this “Island of Beauty” typically display a truly Corsican character, born from a territory bathed in sunlight, altitude, and Mediterranean sea breezes.  From their high-altitude lakes surrounded by pine trees to coves full of clear crystal water and red porphyry cliffs, Corsica has a number of enticing wines :

A.O.C. PATRIMONIO ET COTEAUX DU CAP-CORSE  A.O.C. CAP-CORSE ET MUSCAT DU CAP-CORSE  A.O.C. CORSE CALVI  A.O.C. AJACCIO  A.O.C. CORSE SARTÈNE  A.O.C. CORSE VIN DE CORSE  A.O.C. CORSE PORTO-VECCHIO  A.O.C. CORSE FIGARI

Additional information

travel-typeExperience with a Private Vehicle
travel-styleClassics (Adults), Couple/Romance, Friends, Graduation Trip, Solo travel, Team Building, Women travel
tour-duration7 Days
Guests (max)6
level-of-difficultyLight ot Moderate
limited-mobilityNo
kids-friendlyYes
interestsArchitecture, Art History, Cuisine, Food Market, French Country, Gourmet, History, Painting, Photography, Shopping, UNESCO sites, Wine & cheese

Olivier - DocentOlivier

Greetings from Corsica! I’m Olivier, a Nationally & Officially Licensed Docent as well as a WSET Graduate and I love France and beyond!

More about me

Sleep within the vineyards
Charming Accomodation, Corsica
French Country, Corsican style

Tour Reviews

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5 out of 5
June 1, 2016

Olivier conducted personal wine and cheese tastings from the confines of charming wineries we were visiting or residing at, which was very convenient. We went over the different regions throughout Corsica before the tastings began to get some of the history which was a nice touch. We even learned some tools to use in the future when it comes to picking out wines I enjoy! This was a great 50th birthday gift, which my spouse had handpicked so that we could travel with friends as well. If you are looking for a unique experience and a great capstone on an eventful visit to Europe, this is it! Merci beaucoup, mon ami! Tom & Lisa, CT

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