The renaissance of Corsican wines is something of a Cinderella tale. The ancient Phoceans were the first to plant grapes in Corsica in 570 B.C. Over the centuries, many other conquering cultures left their mark on this stunning Mediterranean island, leaving it with a fabulous array of early clones and heirloom grape varietals. However, by the time Corsica’s independence movement began heating up in the 1970s, winemaking was considered a profession of the hopeless. That all changed with pioneering producers like Antoine Arena and Jean-Claude Abbatucci, who are now considered the godfathers of Corsican wine. Thanks to importers like Kermit Lynch and others, they are finally getting the international reputation they deserve. Come taste your way through the island’s complex myriad of soils, grape varietals and winemaking styles, featuring wines from some of Corsica’s greatest winemaking legends.