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IGP area on the island of Corsica; the name means "island of beauty". It is part of the huge IGP area Méditerranée. The island is often considered a unit together with the French wine-growing region of Provence, which lies about 160 kilometres to the west. The vineyards for IGP wines cover 3,200 hectares of vines, which is almost half of the stock. However, these yield around three quarters of Corsica's production. By clearing land, planting international grape varieties and reducing yields from the 2000s onwards, the quality of IGP wines has improved. Around 35% of the wines produced are red, 45% rosé and 20% white. All the varieties permitted on the island can be used for this. The most important reds are Sciaccarello (Mammolo), Aleatico, Barbarossa, Carignan Noir (Mazuelo) and Nielluccio (Sangiovese), the most important whites are Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano Toscano), Malvoisie (Vermentino) and Biancu Gentile. Well-known producers are Cave Coopérative d'Aghione, Cave Cooperative d'Aleria, Cave Coopérative de la Marana, Clos Nicrosi, Domaine Boccheciampe, Domaine Comte Abbatucci and Domaine du Mont Saint-Jean.

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