Corsica is also known as the Isle of beauty, and it’s easy to understand why once you set your foot on the island. The wine growers have influence both from Italy and from France. The Mediterranean island is actually one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world, and already 6000 years ago there were vines there. However, the island has seen quite a few ups and downs, for example when Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the island and started allowing the islanders to sell their wines without taxes, the industry had a boost – which was destroyed by disease, the first world war and emigration. In the 70’s the island saw the French-Algerian immigrants giving the wine industry a new boost, which was soon halted by new regulations – again to be overcome by the locals, who are now seeing a growth in fine wine production.
Most of the Corsican vineyards are situated along the coast, making it a great place to visit if you like to combine wine tasting with relaxing days on the beach, or maybe take the sailboat for a visit to the island. Besides the sea, I would recommend going to Patrimonio for a sample of wine at Domaine Orenga de Gaffory. No matter where you go on the island, you will most probably come across some excellent local rosé wines to try out – whether in the hills or down by the coast.
I found a really inspiring video of views from Corsica to share with you: