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Wine Region: Patrimonio


The village of Patrimonio, located in Corsica's mini Napa Valley on the coast of the verdant Nebbio region, offers an official wine-tasting trail of thirty award-winning vineyards. (Maps are available at the Tourist Office.) The shallow rocky limestone soil of the Nebbio is ideal for Vermentinu, a white grape with almond and apple notes, and Nielluccui, a native, mellow, fleshy red grape with aromas of red berries, violets, apricot and licorice.

Some of the best ones to know are:

Domaine Yves Leccia One of the most exceptional vineyards on the island. Lieu-dit Morta Piana; Poggio d'Oletta; 33-04-95-37-11-35; www.yves-leccia.fr.

Domaine Orenga de Gaffory A winery that also houses a cutting-edge contemporary-art gallery. Look for the Cuvée Felice Rouge. 33-04-95-37-45-00; www.orengadegaffory.com

Domaine Gentile A local favorite with top-quality vintages, especially big reds. St.-Florent; 33-04-95-37-01-54; www.domaine-gentile.com

Clos Teddi Located in the center of St.-Florent and known for fruity whites that you will find on the menus of many restaurants up north. St.-Florent Rue Principale; 33-06-10-84-11-73; www.closteddi.com

Written by Lanie Goodman

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