Yapp Brothers Guide to Corsican wine
Everything you need to know about the Granite Island (the Île de Beauté) and the wines of Corsica.
Corsicans are fiercely proud of their gastronomic and viticultural heritage, and want visitors to the Granite Isle to enjoy their sublime seafood, world-class charcuterie, pungent artisanal cheeses and good quality wines.
What are the different wine appellations in Corsica?
Corse AOP covers the island region with AOP Patrimonio and AOP Ajaccio the Corsican crus. 5 Village appellations for dry wine are named AOP Corse followed by either Porto Vecchio, Figari, Sartène, Calvi and Coteaux du Cap Corse with Muscat du Cap Corse for sweet vin doux naturels (VDNs) produced on the Cap Corse headland. Most Corsican wine is produced as IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Ile de Beauté.
What grape varieties are used to make Corsican wine?
33 grape varieties are planted on the island though six form the majority of production: Nielluccio (Sangiovese), Sciacerello, and Vermentino (also known as Malvoisie or Rolle) plus Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains for sweet wine. International grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also grown on the island. There are approximately 5,780 hectares under vine with some 135 independent producers and another 160 that supply 4 caves cooperatives. Around half the wine produced is sold in mainland France with around 1/3 consumed sûr place but only around 20% is exported.
What are some popular Corsican wine producers?
Notable domaines include Torraccia, Leccia, Arena, Canarelli, Saparale, Pieretti, Paradella and Nicrosi.
What food pairings go well with Corsican wine?
Local delicacies include oursin (sea urchins), figatelli (chestnut-smoked sausage), lonzu (cured ham) and brocciu (goat or sheep's cheese).
What are the different types of Corsican wine available?
Almost 75% of production is rosé with a little more red made than white and sweet wine combined. The sweet white wine produced mainly from Muscat is traditionally drunk as an aperitif.
What is the history of Corsican wine?
The high quality and diversity of Corsican wine are not recent phenomena - the diarist James Boswell noted both in 1769 - just a year after the Genoese ceded the 'Granite Isle' to France, but they have been quite well kept secrets.
Where can I buy Corsican wine in the UK?
Yapp Brothers were fortunate to be introduced to the island back in 2005 (by author of 'The Rough Guide to Corsica', Dave Abram), and have been importing its wines ever since. We are still shipping from all of the same original estates and have added more to our list.
What are the best things to do in Corsica?
Laze on sandy beaches in the south. Hike the GR20. Sail around the island. Hunt wild boar. Visit the citadels of Bonifacio and Calvi. Listen to polyphonic chanting in Sartène.
How does the climate and terroir of Corsica affect the taste of its wine?
The granite soil and mediterranean climate ensure Corsican wines have a unique character, but even within Corsica there are differences, with wines grown on cleared 'Maquis' scrubland above Porto Vecchio, in the hills below Sartène and stunning clifftops on the eastern escarpment of the Cap Corse.
Famous people from Corsica:
Pascal Paoli. Napoleon Bonaparte. Laeticia Casta. Henry Padovani.
What are the best restaurants in Corsica?
Le Rouf in St-Marie-Porto-Vecchio. Stella d'Oro in Bonifacio (for aubergine à la bonifacienne).