Le domaine Viticole Tarra Di L’Apa

Close to Ajaccio

The winemaking estate Tarra di l'Apa

Located a mere 30 minutes from Ajaccio, the new fast growing estate Tarra di L’Apa covers 25 hectares. So far only 7 hectares are planted with vines and dot the low lands of Peri and Carbuccia but the estate managers are ambitious and aim to expand and have 13 to 17 hectares planted with vines in10 years time. Close to the sun-baked shores of the bay of Ajaccio and based at the foot of the Monte D’Oro that reaches 8800 feet above sea level the estate enjoys an extraordinary climate with maximum sun exposure and cool fresh nights.

It sits on a granite soil and our wines faithfully express their origin taking full advantage of the Corsican granite-based soils and producing wines of layered aromas and flavours.

 

Once a prosperous wine making region Peri lost most of its vineyards and wine makers after the second world war.

Recently however, a handful of young wine producers are actively working to re-establish viticulture in and around Peri focusing on promoting the indigenous Sciaccarellu variety. The star variety of the labelled Ajaccio OAC.

Corsica enjoys very mild weather conditions on the coast while it gradually becomes colder with altitude. These varied climatic conditions account for the diversity of the island’s endemic vegetation and an array of nectar producing plants that give a honey of outstanding natural flavours.

Romain Salasca often says that being so close to Ajaccio is a real asset.

The commercial port, the train station and the airport of the town are all within easy reach and make transport and shipping to mainland France and Europe easier.

 

The requirements of the Ajaccio AOC.

  • - The main variety is Sciaccarellu used to produce red and rosé wine. The other is Vermentinu used to produce white wine . These 2 varieties indigenous to the island must cover between 60 to 80% of the grapes used. Other varieties such as Minustellu, Bianco gentele , Carcajolu and others can be added to bring more complexity.
  • - A définit production area.
  • - A maximum production of 4500 litres per hectare.
  • - The planting density should be no less than 4000 vines per hectare.

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3 Hectares in production
13000 Production 2021

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The winemaking estate Tarra di l'Apa

In 2009 Romain Salasca launched his project of a beekeeping farm. In 2015, with his head full of dreams and eager to innovate this young beekeeper whose grandfather was a winemaker decided to plant a plot of land with vines.

This first vineyard named ‘U Casteducciu’ was followed by two more ‘L’incalcinatu and ‘Stagnolu’, all three located in Peri.

In 2018, the estate Tarra di l’Apa welcomed Laurent Canessa who was eager to join the venture and a further 4 hectares were planted in Carbuccia a neighbouring village.

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The plantations currently represent 3 hectares in production. With a production of 13 000 bottles in 2021.

The grape varieties planted are :Bianco gentile, Minustellu, Carcajolu, Nielluccio and of course the famous Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu which are endemic to Corsica

Today, the winemaking process is done on the estate ‘Petra di Mela ‘ own by our friend Jules Celli says Romain Salasca but we are hoping to be able to process our own grapes, fairly soon, as we are planning to use the site of our vineyard Albitronu in Carbuccia to build our own winemaking cellar with a barrel aging area and a tasting room to welcome visitors.

 Today the winemaking process is done on the estate ‘Petra di Mela ‘ own by our friend Jules Celli says Romain Salasca but we are hoping to be able to process our own grapes, fairly soon, as we are planning to use the site of our vineyard Albitronu in Carbuccia to build our own winemaking cellar with a barrel aging area and a tasting room to welcome visitors.

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