Upon leaving St Florent, we then drove to Calvi, in the northwestern part of Corsica. (If Corsica was a clock, Calvi would be at roughly 10:30 on the dial), roughly 1 1/2 hour drive through again a very mountainous, wild terrain on narrow, winding roads.
Calvi is located right on the sea, a sleepy, surprisingly small town highlighted by a historic citadel overlooking the water. We went there to visit Domaine Maestracci, a local winery, whose vineyards were roughly 1 1/4 hours outside of the city proper, because of their wines.
The domaine sits “on an ancient, sandy-clay moraine, located on the foothills of the Monte Grossu, surrounded on all 4 sides by high, granite mountains“. The vineyard’s origins date back to 1893 & is now in a real groove, run by Camille-Anaïs Raoust, the one person our wine yoda Bruce Neyers insisted we just had to meet on our trip to Corsica. She is a very integral part of the Island’s wine future.
Camille-Anais certainly lived up to Bruce’s billing. It was really great to spend time with her & walk their vineyards. It really solidified to us all what they stand for & we are honored to carry their wines at VINO.
Maestracci owns & farms roughly 30 hectares & mainly focus on their old vine Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu & Vermentino vines (roughly 25 to 60 years in age). She has also more recently planted some Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre too.
I should also add that we had the opportunity to try other highly recommended wines from Calvi & even stopped by some. We discovered that NOT all Calvi wines are created equal. In short, Domaine Maestracci stood out.
We were definitely impressed with their wines, especially given how well priced they really are. We currently carry their “E Prove” line–Vermentino, Rosé (these 2 by the glass) & the Rouge (soon be done by the glass) at our VINO Restaurant because of their quality, food friendliness & sensational value!
Thank you Camille-Anais for a wonderful, insightful visit.