The Corfu of Wine: The Climate, Wineries, Varieties, Labels. The small wineries of the island welcome visitors offering wine tastings accompanied by local delicacies.
Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands and is located at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, near the coasts of Epirus and Albania. The island of Corfu is the most populous of the remaining Ionian Islands and one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean.
In the northern part of the island, the topography is defined by Mount Pantokrator, while the southern part is flat with an altitude that approaches that of the sea. In the northern part, mainly red varieties are cultivated on sloping vineyards and heavy soils. In the flat southern part, white varieties dominate.
The island’s climate is particularly humid, creating problems for vine growers who prefer varieties resistant to fungal diseases, such as the white Kakotrygis, named after the difficult separation of the grape from the stem during harvest, and the red Petrokoritho, a variety that loves rocky soils and, according to one version, originated from the Corinthians, who were the first ancient colonizers to settle on the island in 735 BC. The local population’s main source of income is tourism, which adds an additional obstacle to viticulture, as land is expensive and finding laborers is difficult. The Corfu and Halikounas PDOs have been established on the island.
The cosmopolitan center of the island is the city of Corfu with strong Venetian elements, as well as English and French influences. Corfiot cuisine is known for its traditional recipes of bianco and bourdeto, which use fish and sofrito as the main ingredients, and pastitsada, which uses beef and rooster, respectively.
The wineries of the island are small, however, they welcome visitors offering wine tastings accompanied by local dishes.The small wineries of the island welcome visitors offering wine tasting accompanied by local delicacies.
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