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Sciacarello grapes

by | Feb 28, 2017

Sciacarello is referred to as a famous variety of red wine grape that is primarily grown on the beautiful island of Corsica.


This grape variety is recognized for producing the wines with blossom hues. It is also known for preparing the range of wines which are highly aromatic and act as a pleasure to the nose.

This red wine grape variety is concerned with the production of the red wines that are associated with the wines from Calvi as well as in the Sartene region around the province of Proprioano.

This grape variety is mostly used as a blend and is rarely converted or prepared into the varietal wines. The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be soft, spicy and very much drinkable among the wine lovers.

This red wine grape variety is also believed to be a parent to the Lingurian-Tuscan wine grape of Pollera Nera.

On its native island of Corsica, this red wine grape variety is particularly used to make the red as well as rose variants.

In the island of Corsica, this red wine grape variety is considered as the principal grape variety of the appellations of Sartene and Ajaccio.

At the same time, this grape variety is also used in a number of IGP wines of the region where the use of this grape variety is very extensive.

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To talk more about this grape variety, it expresses itself at the best when it is exposed to the bright sunshine and the granite soils present in the southwestern parts of the island.

This grape is frequently seen alongside Nielluccio in a number of blends which offers herbaceous as well as aromatic notes to the overall weight of this wine.

Since this red wine grape variety is considered to be very rich in the high levels of alcohol, the vines of these grapes require a good level of care and therefore it is the responsibility of the peasants to nourish these vines at their best.

Also, this red wine grape variety must be harvested before it starts to become overripe. The vines of this red wine grape variety are considered to have a good resistance to a number of fungal infections and diseases. The grapes in these wines bud and ripen a little late.

This red wine grape variety is also grown in the regions of Tuscany and in this particular region, it plays a supporting but important role to the famous Sangiovese in the Chianti blends along with a proportion in the famous wines of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

This red wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms such as Sciacarello, Mammolo, Fegeri and Sciacarellu.

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This red wine grape variety, just like Sangiovese was believed to be brought to the beautiful island of Corsica from the Italian mainland.

Thus, as a matter of fact, it entertains a parent-offspring relationship with various other grapes of Tuscany.

The name of this red wine grape variety (Sciacarello) refers to crunchy in English. Currently, this red wine grape variety is grown on 800 hectares of land all throughout the island of Corsica.


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be dark in appearance. At the same time, some wines produced out of this grape variety are very pale and they are salmon-pink as to their color.

What is the best part about the wines produced out of this grape variety is their aroma. These wines have aromas similar to strawberry which indeed is a pleasure to the nose.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be very intense in terms of their flavor.

On the palate, these wines are usually high-bodied and the level of acidity in them remains very high. These wines produce a leesy as well as a cheesy character which is further accompanied by a stony mineral finish.

These wines when approached to cellar temperature, start opening up more and become strong with a strong hint of fragrance. These wines overall are very well-structured and a good choice on the tables.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety taste their best when they are paired with the food items such as red sauce pasta with basils; pinenuts as well as raisins.


Michael Bredahl

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