The history of Corsican viticulture and winemaking dates back to the 7th century BC, when vineyards were established around the ancient town of Aleria, on the eastern coast of the island. However, it is only towards the end of the 17th century that we find documented evidence attesting of the presence of cultivated vines on the grounds of our estate.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the vineyard belonged to Monseigneur Mario Felice Peraldi, Papal Legate in Civita Vecchia in Italy. When he died in 1863, the estate was passed on to his nephew, Jean Peraldi. Jean kept some vines to make wine for his personal use, but the rest of the vineyards remained uncultivated and became "maquis", an area of dense scrub wild vegetation typical of Corsica.
At the time, it was customary for the lands to be passed on from mother to daughter, and for titles and built structures (castles, mansions...) to be passed on from father to son. So the estate became the property of Germaine, Jean Peraldi's daughter and Count Charles de Poix' wife. She passed it on to her daughter Bénédicte de Lussac, but Bénédicte sold the estate to her brother, Louis de Poix,a true Corsican at heart, who fell deeply in love with this land.
When Louis de Poix acquired the estate in July 1965, he decided to uproot the maquis and plant vineyards there once again. He believed in the potential of the region and aimed making high quality wines. Together with other producers of the area, they obtained the official recognition of the Ajaccio appellation in 1971. Louis de Poix named the estate Comte Peraldi, in memory of Count François Joseph Peraldi, Jean Peraldi's son, who had been a prominent advocate for the Corsican cultural heritage in his time.
Since the estate's beginnings in 1965, the philosophy has always been to seek the best quality: selecting the ideal sites for grapegrowing, planting the varieties most suited to our terroirs, careful and eco-friendly viticulture… When Guy de Poix inherited the estate from his father in 1988, he made his this "vigneron" philosophy, preserving knowledge, traditions and history for the benefit of future generations.
Since Guy de Poix's passing in 2011, his four children Charlotte, Guillaume, Amaury and Clémence have followed in his footsteps and maintain the estate's values, seeking excellence in the wines, respecting the environment, and keeping family traditions.
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