The soils in Corsica are influenced by the fact this region is a mountanious Island of the Mediterranean Sea, creating different mesoclimates (differing degrees of altitude, latitude and maritime influences). In the northern region of the Cap Corse the soil is mainly schist while just south of the Cap Corse, Patrimonio appellation, the soils is made of limestone-rich chalk and clay. Along the west coast, the soil contains a high concentration of granite. The vineyards planted on the east coast between the cities of Solenzara and Bastia are planted mostly on marly sand.
History / Ethos
Domaine Yves Leccia is one of the oldest properties of Corsica. Winegrowing became the Leccia family's main business in around 1900. E Croce, in the E Croce and Partinelone vineyards in the heart of Patrimonio, was founded in 2005 by Yves Leccia and covers 16 hectares. These southwest-exposed hillside vineyards sit on clay-limestone and schist soils, at the foot of the mountain chain that extends down from the Cap Corse. The vines are worked traditionally, with plowing, exclusively organic treatments, and hand harvesting.