The Islands: Corsica, Sardinia & Aeolian Isles

This offer is in light of our ‘Islands’ tasting in Sydney, featuring a number of wines from the islands of Corsica in France, the Aeolian Isles, and Sardinia in Italy.
Although different countries, these islands neighbour each other and are both home to some really impressive wines and native varieties.

Corsica as a source of inexpensive, over-cropped wines – most from its eastern plains and intended for export – is history. Corsica’s arid, rugged coastline and mountainsides as a source of distinctively delicious wines crafted by a growing band of dynamic vignerons (even the tech-savvy among them back-to-the-earth types) and devoured by proud, thirsty islanders, but available for export if one is insistent … is the picture emerging today. “I have a feeling that some day this little island will astonish Europe,” wrote Rousseau in his Social Contract of “a proud people [who] defend their liberty.” In matters vinous, that day is at hand. DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, The Wine Advocate

In Italy, the south and its islands are a curiosity; a mystery that is part of Italy and in equal part not! In many respects they are their own culture, their own country, their own blissful paradise removed from the rest of Italy and indeed Europe. The millenia of influences from the Greeks to the Romans and pretty much everyone else who sailed past makes for a fascinating history generally, but also a viticultural heritage that is one of the oldest in Europe. These wines are a facinating example of native varieties from some of the top producers of the South. PWS

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