6th stage of our Tour de France of vineyards: Corsica of course. Located on the island of beauty, the origin of the vineyard of Corsica goes back to Antiquity. Wine was considered the favourite drink of the Greeks, then of the Romans. Today the Corsicans get the best out of Corsican wine thanks to the respect of the vine and their soil, all in a quality approach.
All about the Corsican vineyard?
With a surface area of more than 8.600km², Corsica has a rich soil and a long wine-growing heritage. The vineyard conceals a natural treasure: more than 30 grape varieties which have been passed on from generation to generation.
In this mosaic of refined grape varieties, three of them stand out: Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu and Vermentinu. These are the noble grape varieties of Corsica that can be found in the 9 Appellations of Origin of the island of beauty: Ajaccio, Corse, Corse Calvi, Corse Figari, Corse Sartene, Corse Porto-Vecchio, Corse Coteaux du Cap Corse, Muscat du Cap Corse, and Patrimonio.
The island benefits from a Mediterranean climate influenced by the presence of sea and mountains. It is characterized by one of the highest levels of sunshine and rainfall in France. This mild climate is favourable to the vine. The wind also plays a regulating role on the climate and reduces the risk of diseases due to mushrooms.
There are 450 producers, including 6 cooperative cellars, producing the amazing wines of Corsica.
What food and wine pairings?
Corsican wines, made from 30 different grape varieties, are lucky enough to go well with most dishes. Here is an idea of the menu we propose:
To accompany Corsican cold meats, we recommend a light red wine from Sciaccarellu, for a tender agreement in the mouth.
Serve a red wine, young and structured, Niellucciu type, to accompany a Corsican soup in order to bring out the aromas of the soup.
Combine a round, fat and well-structured white wine (Patrimonio) with your shellfish dish. The wine will counterbalance the iodized side of seafood.
To accompany grilled white meat, we recommend a light rosé wine or a lightly structured red wine such as Ajaccio PDO. Perfect for the summer!
The Muscat du Cap Corse goes perfectly with all fruit desserts and traditional Corsican desserts. Count on Rappu (natural sweet wine of the Cap Corse) or a myrtle liqueur to accompany your chocolate desserts.
How to visit Corsica?
“At the tip of Corsica, nature and the history of mankind are intimately intertwined. At the end of the Cap, the sky, the sea and a breathtakingly bright colour.” – La Revue du Vin de France, French wine blog.
You have to count 100km to go around the Cap Corse, a 3-hour drive! The road is worth the detour: a mountain effect flowing into the sea, a bay of turquoise water and the view of the island of Giraglia will make you dream…
Take advantage of this idyllic setting to visit the Corsican vineyards and taste the treasures of their magical land. Discover the wine-growing properties located in the magnificent landscapes of the island of beauty, such as the Domaine Orenga de Gaffory and the Domaine d’E Croce?
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