Cortese’s territory was once part of the city-state of Genoa ...
Cortese was first recorded in the early 17th century at the far southeastern corner of Piedmont, in the province of Alessandria and today has no known relatives. It is most highly regarded here, in Gavi, and thus is often referred to simply as "Gavi." Cortese also grows well in the surrounding parts of Piedmont: Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato a few miles west of Gavi and just over a few hills to the east, in the Colli Tortonesi. But there Cortese doesn’t always achieve the ripeness, or get the winemaking proficiency that it does when grown on the limestone-rich soils of Gavi. While some renowned Barolo producers produce stellar Gavi, such as Michele Chiarlo and Pio Cesare, the region has no shortage of its own dedicated producers.
Because of its freshness and chalky minerality, this white wine commonly populates the fish restaurants’ wine lists of the Ligurian coast.
- Bordeaux White Blends28
- Sauvignon Blanc21
- Other White Blends14
- Other White Wine10
- Pinot Gris/Grigio6
- Gruner Veltliner5
- Rhône White Blends4
- Chenin Blanc1
Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2017Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2017Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy