Corsica, or Corse in French is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and politically one of the 18 regions of France. It lies southeast of the French mainland, west of the Italian peninsular, and immediately north of the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna). Corsica was ruled by the Republic of Genoa from 1284 to 1755, when it became a self-proclaimed Italian-speaking Republic. In 1768, Genoa officially ceded it to Louix XV of France as part of a pledge for debts and in 1769 France forcibly annexed it. Napoleon Bonapartewas a native Corsican, born that same year in Ajaccio, and his ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is today a significant visitor attraction and museum. Because of Corsica’s historical ties to the Italian peninsula, the island retains many Italian cultural elements, and the native tongue is recognized as a regional language by the French government.

Regional capital: Ajaccio.

Vineyard surface area–organic, Biodynamic2015 In 2015 Corsica had 737 hectares (1,820 acres) of organic vineyards, of which 182 hectares (450 acres) were in conversion (Millésime Bio 2017 Dossier de Presse p.14).

CommunesBonifacio.

Sub-regionsAjaccio AOC. | Muscat du Cap Corse AOC. | Patrimonio AOC. | Vin de Corse Calvi AOC. | Vin de Corse Coteaux du Cap Corse AOC. | Vin de Corse Figari AOC. | Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio AOC. | Vin de Corse Sartène AOC.

Corsica wineries

Certified BiodynamicDomaine Comte Abbatucci. | Domaine Giudicelli. | Domaine Pero-Longo. | Domaine U Stiliccionu

Certified organic: Clos Signadore. | Domaine Granajolo.