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Turquoise water, steep cliffs, typical villages, a fauna and flora preserved... and a vineyard including Corsica can be proud. Renaissance since the 1990s, the vineyard of Corsica takes advantage of all the natural wealth of the island. It has about 5 700 hectares, which take place on the coast, between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. If rosé wines dominate the Corsican wine production, the many vines, native and imported, are at the origin of wines red and white wines.
The Corsican vineyards has 9 names, spread along the coast and on the two departments that are Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. Bastia in the North to Bonifacio in the South of Ajaccio in the West at Aleria on the East via Calvi, Propriano, Sartène, Figari, Porto-Vecchio and Corte, these are multiple terroirs to marked identity which give rise to varied wines.
The typical grapes of the region are:
Many other varieties fit in assemblies of Corsican wines: white and black, carcajolo bianco gentile, aleatico, paga debiti, barbarossa, white ugni, rossola... Carignan, cinsault, grenache, Mourvèdre and syrah are also regularly invited in the red wines of Corsica.
Corsica has 9 appellations, which occupy some 3,000 hectares: a regional AOC, two vintages, six Villages appellations and a natural sweet wine (VDN) designation. More than half of the wine production is devoted to roses; the reds however represent about 30%of the production, followed by whites and in small proportion, by the muscats.
These are the most common full-bodied wines. Their production is limited to the coast is the island of Bastia to Solenzara through Aleria. The AOC Corse is also North of Corte, in the inner Valley of the Golo. Wines from the three colors make up the offer with a large preponderance left to roses, particularly famous.
Two iconic names of Corsica are vintages produced in the North and South of the island:
The Corsica AOC account different geographical denominations, each with a well marked identity:
It is considered to be one of the best muscats of the world. Muscat Cap Corse AOC is exclusively produced with the muscat grape to small grains. This natural sweet wine is produced in Corsica, in 17 municipalities.
Finally, the IGP island has roses, as well as the reds and whites. They are produced in both departments and represent a large part of the full-bodied wines. Majority the historical grape varieties of the region are exploited to produce these wines that gain progressively in quality. They are supplemented by continental varieties such as the Chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir and grenache and syrah, to name a few.