Vin de Pays de l'Ile de Beauté

About Vin de Pays de l'Ile de Beauté

While the island of Corsica may be French-owned, the Italian influence on its winemaking tradition and style is unmistakably evident. The Vin de Pays de l'Île de Beauté Wine Region is an island-wide designation and is derived from the island’s nickname, “The Beautiful Island.” The nickname is well earned. In general, the Vin de Pays de l'Île de Beauté wines are made in a light and fresh style, and are meant to be consumed young. There are four major sub-regions all located within the coastal areas of Corsica. The wines from the AOC regions of Patrimonio and Ajaccio are made primarily from the Nielluccio grape for the reds and the Vermentino grape for the whites. The Vin de Corse AOC is also island-wide but has a requirement of a minimal 50% composition of Nielluccio, Sciacarello and Grenache. The specialized Muscat du Cap Corse AOC is known for its sweet-style dessert wines made in the vin doux naturel style utilizing the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grape. Almost all of the wine produced on the island caters to Corsica’s strong tourist sector, so very few of these wines are ever exported. For more information, reviews and ratings check out our Vin de Pays de l'Île de Beauté Wine Guide.

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