By Nathalie the 18.06.2022

AOC and PGI de Corse

Corsican wine benefit from five Controlled Designations of Origin ("Appellation d'Origine Controllée" or AOC) and one Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).


Regarding the AOC, there are :

  • Two main appellations: "Ajaccio" and "Patrimonio".
  • And one "village" type appellation: "Vin de Corse" or "Corse" followed by "Calvi", "Sartène", "Figari", "Porto-Vecchio" or "Coteaux du Cap Corse".
  • One regional appellation: "Vins de Corse"
  • One appellation for natural sweet wines "Muscat du Cap Corse".

With regard to the PGI, there are two types of wine with the "Ile de Beauté" appellation :

  • varietal wines: sold under a brand name or an estate name, they are vinified from a blend of Corsican  (Niellucciu, Vermentinu, Sciaccarellu, etc.) and continental (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc.) grapes.
  • Nouveau wines: they are sold from the third Thursday of October onwards.

Grape harvesting usually starts between 15 and 25 August for the earliest grape varieties; it finishes at the end of September, and up to November for the late harvesting of certain types of grapes.

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