The legendary reputation of corsica's vineyards began well before the greeks.
While the grapes grew in the wild, we collected these small berries so sweet to the palate.
Much later, this plant, cultivated and finally domesticated, and will be considered as one of the
the great achievements of humanity, as the source of a sacred drink.
Corsican wines owe their strong personality and know-how, an inheritance of a winemaking tradition that
dates back to ancient times.
Six centuries before christ, the Greeks made wine of Alalia (Aleria) one of their concoctions favorites.
The Romans took over the business.
In 35 BC, Virgil spoke of the qualities of the wine of Balagne, ruby color and pleasant
to taste. Centuries of invasions and unrest that followed the fall of the Roman Empire, the
vine survived, waiting for the return of peace... and winemakers.
In the Eleventh century, become administrators of the island, the Pisans began the corsican wine in the ciborium
of their priests and the cups of their notable.
A century later, who have replaced them, the Genoese did the same.
After 1769, French sovereignty did not put an end to the wine-producing activity and its exports
to the North of Italy, quite the contrary !
After 1850, a sudden brake. The Powdery mildew then the Phyloxera devastated the vineyards. These plagues were
however, overcome by men committed. And, at the end of the century, there was even a recovery
sales to the outdoor and the growth of large areas. However, from the first years
of the Twentieth century, a general collapse of the price of the wine stopped dead in his tracks this expansion.
The Great War perfected the decline. She killed him with a single shot, the men, the vineyards and the
commercial links. Not persisted as islands of production in the margins of the market.
Fifty years passed before the wine-growing island does redevînt a real economic sector.
Heirs of these roots millennia, the A. O. C (appellation of controlled origin) today
have been determined by the location and proportion of indigenous grape varieties, as well as by the
natural characteristics of each terroir wine. These are all elements that make up today
the identity of corsican wines and specificity.
Their expertise recognized and knowing how to make the most of the natural assets that the world we
want, corsican wine growers continue to develop an approach to "Quality".
They focus on the selection and improvement of local varieties, make use of the new technologies
(vinification, bottling, aging) to enhance, always and still, their production.
Thus, they obey the ethics millennium of the husbandman : that is to say, by men in search of the best,
feeling invested in a story and a know-how that they need to preserve, enhance and transmit.
These are the keys to the success of corsican wine now.
Tip : alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. Consume with moderation.