“Wine is bottled poetry”

grapesRobert Louis Stevenson pronounced these fitting words, leaving us in reverie and expectation

Benefiting from microclimates, a large variety of soil and soaked sun summits, the island produces some of the finest varieties of wine to be found. Tasting takes place all over the island, where 9 ‘appelation d’origine controléé’ can be discovered. Sometimes unknown to the general public, as much of the wine is sold on the island, with exports increasing over recent years. Possessing a strong personality, these wines are well worth your taking the time to discover and enjoy. Ajaccio, Figari, Patrimonio, Calvi, Porto Vecchio and Sartene are but to mention a few notable names of towns where a halt becomes necessary in order to delight in guided tours or just simply taking one’s time to explore and sample.

From an impressive portfolio of grape varieties, being over 40 in fact, with the majority being used for the ‘vin de pays’, it is not unusual to find Pinot Noir, Barbarossa and Tempranillo growing in the same vineyard. Corsican wines have just won 75 medals in this years French Salon of Agriculture; 29 gold, 28 silver and 18 bronze. A particularity, the Muscat du Cap Corse has indeed acquired an international reputation, and by using old techniques the winemakers increase the concentration in natural sugars, aromas and taste of Corinth grapes. Revealing evidence of figs, walnuts and hazelnuts, citrus and exotic fruits, these complex aromas leave a remarkable length in mouth and is being ranked amongst the best Muscats around the world.

As I have just touched on the subject here, a follow-up will be certainly necessary within the upcoming months.





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