France: Corsica

Northern Corsica

Wine regions of Calvi, Patrimonio and the Cap Corse
By Tom Fiorina

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Wine producers to visit

The Corsican vineyards in this guide are all family-owned estates. Even more so than in other small French wine regions, Corsican winemakers are famously insular and not marketing driven. However, this is changing as the island opens up more to tourism and exports of Corsican wines increase but, the majority of these vineyards only have family members working on them, so don’t expect a Napa Valley experience here. You will, on the other hand, find rugged, natural beauty and people who are proud of all things Corsican, especially their wines.

If you call ahead to schedule a visit, you’ll avoid the disappointment of finding the winemakers out in their vineyards or too busy to spend time with you. And if you speak a smattering of French, or even Italian, which most Corsicans can speak, as Corsican is actually an Italian dialect (but don’t tell them that!), your experience will be that much richer. One last point: there are no tasting fees here. So, if the winemaker opens up several bottles of wine for you to taste, it would be polite, in return, to purchase a bottle or two, or try to leave a tip if not.

Below you will find wineries in the Calvi, Patrimonio and Cap Corse regions, click on each one for full details of their wines and visiting conditions.

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