The wines produced: Patrimonio

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

Patrimonio on the north coast was the first region in Corsica to gain AC status, in 1968. About 410 ha of vines were shared between 33 domaines and yields are restricted to 50 hl/ha (2.8 tons/acre). In the past, the wines of Patrimonio often included a mix of different imported grape varieties, notably Grenache, but from 2000, Nielluccio must account for 90% of the blend in red wines and Vermentino for 100% in the white. This has caused considerable controversy amongst the growers. Clos de Bernardi, one of the oldest estates reputed for its red, is situated in Patrimonio. Other growers such as Orenga de Gaffory, Gentile, Yves Leccia, and Arena have also invested much time and money to make dramatic improvements in quality.