Growing wild, vines were domesticated in Corsica by the Greeks. At that time, the wine of Aleria was already famous in Greece, and then in the Roman Empire. Up until the middle of the 19th century, time has been marked by the success of Corsican wines in the Mediterranean area and its growing vineyards. Powdery mildew, phylloxera and the world wars started the decline of the Corsican vineyard. In the 50's, the Corsican viticulture goes back to normal, with its past, its know-how and its terroir, assuring the quality of the wines.
Covering about 8,000 hectares, the vineyard of Corsica is spread on the coasts of the island, with 9 AOC including the most famous Figari, Ajaccio and Patrimonio. Corsica benefits from a mediterranean climate, with fluctuating temperatures and precipitations, due to its location but also to its mountains. This wine gets its identity from the warm summer of Corsica and its exceptionnal sunshine.
From the most used grape varietals, most of them being specific to Corsica, one can mention Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Aleatico and Barbarossa for the reds and rosés, Vermentinu and Bianco Gentile for the whites.