The Ile de beauté Corsica, is a French state though many of the region’s viticulture traditions and its grape varieties are Italian in origin. Corsica’s viticultural history can be traced to the island’s settlement by Phocean traders in 570 BC in what is now the commune of Aléria. After the independence of Algeria, several natives of Algeria left their home to live in Corsica and started planting vineyards.
Between 1960 and 1976 the vineyards of Corsican increased fourfold. In 1968 Patrimonio was established as Corsica’s first Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Corsica has now nine AOC regions including the island-wide designation Vin de Corse AOC. Most of the wine exported from the island goes under the Vin de pays designation, Vin de Pays de l’Île de Beauté.
The three leading grape varieties of the region are Nielluccio, Sciacarello and Vermentinu. Corsican vineyards extend around the coasts of Corsica, on granitic soils (south and west), on schist (east and north), or on calcareous soils. It is a land bathed in Mediterranean sunshine and warmth often tempered by the sea.
Producers from Corsica