Wine, a great Corsican secret

A wine tasting event in central London will be hosting wines from seven different wine estates. The event is called Secret from Corsica and will be held at Baranis on October 17th. There will be wines available from Domaine Canarelli, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, Domaine Culombu, Domaine Santini, and Domaine Cordoliani.

The Corsican wine board is called CIVCORSE and is hosting the tasting events for professionals in the trade and journalists. The event is hosted by the British representative of the board, Guillaume Rodet.  The event will take place from 11am to 5pm.

Corsican wines are known for having a unique character and this is partly due to the diverse geological conditions in the country as well as the mix of modern and traditional methods that are used to create the wine. There are also a great many mesoclimates as well as a huge variety of soil types. This understandably leads to a wide variety of wine varieties.

The wines that the country have been producing has meant that the country has become known as one of the finest wine making countries in the Mediterranean. Many people who drink the wine from Corsica enjoy the fact that the wines are made with local grape types, rather than the typical wine making grapes that are used in the rest of the world.

Niellucciu is the dominant grape variety of the Patriminio region of northern Corsica. Although “Niellu” in Corsica’s local dialect means black, dark or hard, Niellucciu can produce very fine and elegant rosés.

The granitic region of western Corsica is home to Sciaccarellu, the main grape variety of this region. This grape produces wines that have a peppery bouquet of wild flowers, red fruit, spices and smoky wood.

The Vermentinu grape generates wines that are amongst the best whites from the Mediterranean area. Alcohol levels are quite high in these wines, and so there is a good depth and volume on the palate.

Corsica is situated 300 kilometres off the southern coast of France on the same latitude as Rome and Barcelona. Its climate is tempered, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The local winds, which are varied, act as thermal regulators and ventilators for the island’s vineyards. This limits the need for fungal-disease treatments, which is particularly favourable to the balance and quality of the grapes.