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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Domaine Vico

Address: Route de Calvi, 20218 Ponte Leccia
Tel: 04 95 47 32 04  Fax: 04 95 30 85 57
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:27:27N (42.457425)    Longitude: 9:12:26E (9.20715) 

Domaine Vico, the only vineyard located in Corsica’s interior, is located a one-hour drive south of St-Florent. The vineyard setting is magnificent, between 300 and 400m in altitude, with nearby peaks rising to 2,200m. In the summer growing season, daytime temperatures can reach 35°C, while at night they can drop to below 15°C. Domaine Vico has two parcels of vines. The 80ha around Ponte Leccia, which has two distinct soil types (one section, river pebbles and sandy-clay, the other, mostly clay and limestone, interspersed with schist), is planted with Vermentinu, Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Grenache and Syrah. The production technique here is best described as being more industrial than artisanal, and Domaine Vico’s cheaper wines are not bad, but they are more akin to wines made on large properties in Provence, than authentic Corsican wines. However, there are authentic Corsican wines made at the domaine’s Clos Venturi parcel, 5km away, 100m higher up the mountain, and located on schist-laden slopes with a south, southeastern exposure. This is at the limit of the winemaking zone in Corsica; winter temperatures at this altitude can drop to -10°C at night. The effect of this terroir, along with lower yields, hand-harvesting in multiple passages, and more careful winemaking is startling. The red and white Clos Venturi are complex, harmonious wines that will seduce you with their purity, freshness and nuanced fruits. In particular, the white, made from 40-year-old Vermentinu vines, is a wine that could only have been made here, at the foot of a spectacular mountain. Mineral-laden, with a distinctive Mediterranean opulence, ripe peach and apricot flavours, and the freshness only found at high altitudes, this is a wine worth crossing part of an island to taste.

Useful information: The tasting room is open June - August Monday – Saturday 10.00–13.00 and 15.00-19.00. On Sundays, and from September- May, call for an appointment.


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