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The Wine Region of Corsica

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Administratively part of France, but around 170km from France's southern coastline, the island of Corsica is situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean. Corsica has been invaded and settled by the Greeks, Etruscans and Saracens. It was once part of the Roman Empire, the Republics of Pisa and Genoa, and only became part of France in 1768, just one year before the birth of that most famous Corsican of all, Napoleon.

This is an island of savage, natural beauty, which earned it the nickname L’île de Beauté, or The Isle of Beauty. It’s also been called L’île vigne, as grapevines have played a key role on the island since the Greeks brought them here 2,000 years ago. For many years, people said that Corsican wine didn’t travel well, or that it didn’t age well, or that it was rough and unrefined. But over the past 20 years, all that has changed with native grape varieties being rediscovered and winemaking techniques much improved.

For the wine traveller, there is little written on Corsica until now. Tom Fiorina has been visiting the island with his Corsican wife for over 20 years and has a great appreciation of the wines, the food and the traditional island culture and heritage. He shares with us his recommendations in our two micro-region guides, written with a regard for when is best for the wine lover to travel and how to avoid the most touristy centres.

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Northern Corsica

Wine regions of Calvi, Patrimonio and the Cap Corse

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Southern Corsica

Wine regions of Ajaccio, Sartène, Figari and Porto-Vecchio

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