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Cortese’s territory was once part of the city-state of Genoa, and still the grape practically owes more allegiance to Liguria than the region that grows it: Piedmont. The grape was first recorded in the early 17th century at the far southeastern corner of Piedmont, in the province of Alessandria. Cortese is most highly regarded here, where it thrives in the limestone-rich soils of Gavi, and thus is often referred to simply as "Gavi." Because of its freshness and chalky minerality, this white wine commonly populates the wine lists of the seafood restaurants along the Ligurian coast.

Tasting Notes for Cortese

Cortese is a light-bodied dry white wine whose freshness can be attributed to a reasonably high acidity. Cortese wines are expressive of lemon, apple, yellow peach, almond, white flowers and flint.

Perfect Food Pairings for Cortese

Try Cortese with baked sea bass, lobster ravioli, spanakopita, Tigullio chicken or olive & prosciutto antipasti.

Sommelier Secrets for Cortese

Cortese also grows well in the surrounding parts of Piedmont, namely Monferrato a few miles west of Gavi and just over a few hills to the east, in the Colli Tortonesi. Today Cortese has no known related grape varieties.

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  • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2020  Front Label
    Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2020
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Patrizi Gavi Di Gavi 2020  Front Label
    Patrizi Gavi Di Gavi 2020
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Scolca White Label Gavi 2020  Front Label
    La Scolca White Label Gavi 2020
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2021  Front Label
      Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2021
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      • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2019  Front Label
        Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2019
        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Villa Sparina Monterotondo Gavi 2018  Front Label
          Villa Sparina Monterotondo Gavi 2018
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          • Enrico Serafino Gavi 2020  Front Label
            Enrico Serafino Gavi 2020
            Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2019  Front Label
              Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2019
              Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2020  Front Label
                Principessa Gavia Gavi 2020
                Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2020  Front Label
                  Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2020
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2020  Front Label
                    Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2020
                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2020  Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2020
                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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