If there's a region today that should be called a sommelier's darling, it's Corsica. Wines from this rocky Mediterranean island, technically French but just miles north of Sardinia, have been steadily claiming squat chunks of real estate on America's most influential wine lists. "They're just amazing wines," says Thomas Carter, co-owner of the Manhattan restaurant Estela. "They fit with so many kinds of food, and they draw you back for more." These bottles owe their focused, minerally flavors to the island's mountainous topography and exposed position—the same qualities that make it a captivating destination for adventurous wine trekkers.
"The beautiful thing about Corsica is that it's still very rugged," says Enrique Ibanez, who owns the importer-distributor IPO Wines and visits Corsica several times each year. "It hasn't been affected by big commercial brands." While some producers have tasting rooms that keep regular hours in summer, it's essential to call ahead before visiting. If you're willing to navigate the logistics, you'll be rewarded with some of Europe's most exciting wines in one of its most dramatic locales. Here, four of Corsica's key wineries to visit, plus a bucket-list hike and a spectacular cliffside drive.
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