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At Fiera di u vinu, showcase of a clear rejuvenation of Corsican viticulture

At Fiera di u vinu, showcase of a clear rejuvenation of Corsican viticulture
At Fiera di u vinu, showcase of a clear rejuvenation of Corsican viticulture

While wandering between the standsA Fiera di u vinuorganized this year at Ile-Rousseit is impossible not to notice the common point that unites a large part of the winegrowers present: their young age. Multiple youthful faces of winegrowers come to represent the colors of their exploitation family.

“Today, it’s clear. We are really in the transfer of family farmswith children who train on the Continent or abroad and who return with additional expertise”, attests Caroline Franchi, deputy director within the Corsican Interprofessional Wine Council (CIVC).

With her back to the imposing orange kakemono indicating “Domaine Abbatucci”, Faustine Abbatucci, twenty-five years old, came to the fair to meet other winegrowers and represent the family estate that she plans to take over, once her studies are completed. “It’s an area that dates back several generations, I grew up with it, so taking care of it is a evidence.”

If, like her, Guillaume Seroin of the San’t Armettu estate, grew up in the vineyards, he assures us: “I was never pushed to make it my career.” After studying chemistry on the Continent, the 29-year-old young man, who visited New Zealand, chose to join an agronomy school, and ultimatelyassures a takeover of the domain. “I always had in mind that the estate would continue to live, but I had a realization at the moment when I understood that to keep it alive, I had to workhe recalls. Since then, we have had to find the balance between the desire to revolutionize everything and the fact of telling ourselves that it has been like this for forty years”, he smiles. An adventure in which his little sister should also take part and thus join “this new group of young people who are taking up the torch, either by starting out or by joining a family farm”.

A “more attractive” product

“It is a family story And it’s still our heritageimmediately poses Victoria Lucchini, from the Solenzara estate. “The estate belonged to my great-grandfather, then to my grandfather and my parents took it over around thirty years ago”says the young woman. “They are the ones who teach us the know-how and who train us, and I find that really beautiful”comments the one who will take it back in due time.

For Marc’Andria Acquaviva, on the other hand, working on his family estate in Alzipratu was not a clear path. The young man first turned towards artistic studies on the Continent, before branching off towards wine training in Burgundy.

Coming from the third generation of an estate created in the seventies by his grandfather, then taken over by his father in the nineties, he assures us: “It is more difficult to create a business than to take over one. So, the business of family handover is part of the DNA of wine and its essence”analyzes the thirty-year-old, who has been working there since 2018. And for this youth who is part of a logic of creation and not of recovery? It is the logical consequence of the qualitative development of Corsican wines which makes the product more attractive, particularly among the youngest.”concludes Marc’Andria Acquaviva who salutes “cohesion within the generation of young Corsican winegrowers”.

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