The culture of the vine and the wines of Corsica have been part of the history of the island for millennia.
The ancient Greeks had set up a trading post named Alalia (Aleria) as evidenced by the remains for the wine
and pottery. After being affected by the phylloxera invasion in the 19th century when viticulture was
booming, the vineyard was restructured with invasive continental grape varieties. It was only around the
1950s and 1960s that people became aware of the importance of native grape varieties and the first grape
varieties collected on the island were welcomed. In 1976, the “Vin de Corse” appellation appeared and the
Corsican vineyard experienced an incredible renaissance from the beginning of the 1980s.
The singularity of the Corsican vineyard
Due to its tormented reliefs, Corsica offers a multitude of slopes, hills, mountains and valleys and presents
a great diversity of soils favoring the typical and original expressions of Corsican wine. The Mediterranean
climate reigns in Corsica: it benefits from exceptional sunshine and a rather hot and dry climate in summer
which remains relatively mild in winter with precipitation on the coast, which favors the quality of the
grapes. The diversity of reliefs and microclimates in Corsica has created real wine-growing areas and has
shaped wines with multiple characters.
The vineyards cover the entire coastline of the Isle of Beauty, i.e. approximately 6,200 ha spread over 9 AOP
(Protected Designation of Origin) and 2 IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) which complement each other
to offer an exceptional organoleptic journey.
Corsica has a real natural treasure with more than thirty very diverse native grape varieties, not found on
the continent. Among its most recognized and widespread grape varieties: Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu,
Vermentinu, Minustellu, Aleaticu, Biancu Gentile or even Muscat petits grains.
Our selection of Corsican wines
You will find on World Grands Crus online store, our selection of Corsican red and white vintages, some
labeled Organic Agriculture. You will be able to discover the typical character of these great Corsican
wines, the different grape varieties and their highlighting by wine estates. To be informed of new
references from Corsican estates, do not hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter.