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 :
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