Terra Vecchia vineyards (meaning ancient land in Corsican) mostly edges between the Mediterranean sea and the Pianiccia foothills in the Costa Serena region, east coast of Corsica.
Originally planted in 1961 by Francis Skalli, the domaine was purchased in 2011 by Jean Francois Renucci. He immediately replanted a quarter of the domaine with anhigher density of 5,200 vines per hectare, rebuilt the trellises and brought in a flock of sheep to graze and nourish the vineyard naturally.
The domaine covers five hundred acres planted with native grapes such as Nielluciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu, Biancogentile (an aromatic local variety) alongside more international ones such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Chardonnay.
This diverge range of varietals enables the crafting of numerous blends.
The Clos Poggiale, classified AOP Corse, differs from the rest of the vineyards lying by the seaside and under the IGP Corse denomination, in terms of soil which is a deeper mix of granite and red clay. This vineyard covers an area of about seventy-five acres of various parcels and tends to produce more mineral wines.
Terra Vecchia and Clos Poggiale, the two domaine brands and distinct vineyards are characterized by their own well-defined style. Where Terra Vecchia sandy-clay mix soil bring softness and fruitiness to the wines, the Clos poggiale meanwhile develops more structured and powerful wines.