France: Corsica

Southern Corsica

Wine regions of Ajaccio, Sartène, Figari and Porto-Vecchio
By Tom Fiorina

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Domaine Vaccelli

Address: Les Cyclamens, 20123 Pila-Canale
Tel: 04 95 24 35 54  Fax: 04 95 24 38 07
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 41:46:4N (40.76769)    Longitude: 8:50:6E (8.84194) 

Roger Courrèges came to the Taravu Valley in southwestern Corsica in 1962 to make wine. His father and his grandfather had been winemakers in Algeria. Following his father’s death in 1972, Alain Courrèges took over the estate, replanting the vineyards with native Corsican grape varieties, primarily Sciaccerellu and Vermentinu. His son Gérard, who has four years of wine studies behind him - two in Bastia, in northern Corsica, and two in Nîmes, in southern France - has been vinifying the Vaccelli wine since 2000, leaving his father more time to enjoy his other passion in life - sculpting. The ageing cellar here, which was 'sculpted' out of solid granite by Courrèges (with a lot of assistance from an earthmover equipped with a pneumatic hammer and some dynamite), practically merits a visit in itself. The top cuvée here is named for Roger Courrèges, and the well-balanced red, which has an amazingly incandescent ruby colour and strong herbal notes, is a great wine for its €11 price. Like the Roger Courrèges Blanc, a 100% Vermentinu white, it’s aged in oak barrels. Vaccelli wines are also available in a shop located in Porticcio on the southeastern side of the Golfe d’Ajaccio: A Cantina, Centre Commercial Les Marines II, 20166 Porticcio, Tel: 04 95 25 08 90.

Useful information: Visits by appointment only at the Domaine Vaccelli at the above address; A Cantina in Porticcio is open Tuesday through Saturday, 09.00 – 12h30 and 14h30 – 19h00.


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