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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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  • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2015 Front Label
    Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2015
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gran Passione Gavi 2015 Front Label
    Gran Passione Gavi 2015
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Idlewild Fox Hill Cortese 2015 Front Label
      Idlewild Fox Hill Cortese 2015
      Cortese from Mendocino, California
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      • La Scolca White Label Gavi 2015 Front Label
        La Scolca White Label Gavi 2015
        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2015 Front Label
          Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2015
          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2015 Front Label
          Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2015
          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2015 Front Label
            Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2015
            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2015 Front Label
            Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2015
            Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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            Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2015
            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2015 Front Label
              Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2015
              Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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              • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2015 Front Label
                La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2015
                Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2015 Front Label
                  Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2015
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Giordano Lombardo Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi 2015 Front Label
                  Giordano Lombardo Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi 2015
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2015 Front Label
                    Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2015
                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2015 Front Label
                      Principessa Gavia Gavi 2015
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                    • Camporosso Gavi 2015 Front Label
                      Camporosso Gavi 2015
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                      • Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2015 Front Label
                        Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2015
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                        • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2015 Front Label
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                            Domaine de Bel Air Gavi Mainin 2015
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                                Banfi Piemonte Gavi Principessa Gavia 2015
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                                  • Palmina Santa Ynez Valley Cortese 2015  Front Label
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