In the heart of Corsica
A vineyard in the sky
A unique location and exceptional soil set the Domaine Vico – Clos Venturi vineyard apart. This is not only the sole winery in central Corsica, but it is also the highest on the island at more than 350 metres above sea level. Could its lofty location have something to do with the vineyard’s consistently high quality?
Aleatico, Bianco Gentile, Carcajolo Neru, Genovese, Minustellu, Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu and many other grape varieties with musical names can be found in Manu Venturi’s vineyard, but rarely in continental France. These are all native, or indigenous, Corsican varieties. Thirty years ago, the Venturis and other Corsican wine-producers replaced French vines with native ones in a bid to create uniquely Corsican vintages. Manu has simultaneously fought to ensure the survival of native vines while producing very distinct, world-class wines.
Clos Venturi, our favourite plot
We agree with Manu that the best plot on the estate is Clos Venturi. The white wine produced here ages very well and continually earns awards. It pairs beautifully with grilled fish, balancing fat and firmness. The perfectly-aged Clos Venturi red is mature and pure, with aromas of blackberry and spices and complex end notes.
Manu Venturi owes much of his knowledge to his father, but he also constantly seeks to innovate. His admirable wine-making experiments including producing his Chiesa Nera in egg-shaped cement tanks and embracing environmentally sustainable practices to showcase the best of the terroir. Hats off to a young but accomplished wine master.
A return to roots
Clos Venturi vineyard was founded in 1901 by Jean Vico, a visionary who was the first to plant vines at such a high elevation in the mountains. The estate was managed by the Vico family until 1986, when it was bought by Jean-Marc Venturi and his cousin François Acquaviva. Manu joined the team in 2003 and took over from his father two years later. He now has 10 vintages under his belt.