The Corsican terroir
was awarded its AOC in 1976. Secluded in the countryside, in the shelter of the Tarabucetta bell tower, Corsica's southernmost vineyard bears traces of the first vines planted in the 6th century BC. Today, the Figari appellation covers the communes of Figari, Monacia-d'Aullène and Pianottoli-Caldarello.
The 130 hectares of Figari vineyards permit an annual production of around 4,500 hectolitres of wine. The climate here is so harsh that the vine seems to grow through the wine growers' sheer force of will, so as to produce bottles of a wine of exceptional finesse. Domaine Clos Canarelli is undoubtedly the producer which best manages to express the character of the exceptional Figari terroir.
The wines of Figari can be red or rosé, blended from the main varieties of Nielluccio, Sciacarello and Grenache Noir, to which Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Barbarossa, Syrah, Carignan and Vermentino can be added. For the white wines, the Figari wine producers mainly use the Vermentino (25% minimum) and Ugni varietals.