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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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  • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2018  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2018
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2018  Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2018
      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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      Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2018
      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2018  Front Label
        Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2018
        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        La Scolca White Label Gavi 2018
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          Produttori dei Gavi Gavi Il Forte 2018
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            Enrico Serafino Gavi 2018
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            Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2018
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              Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                Principessa Gavia Gavi 2018
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                • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2018  Front Label
                  La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2018
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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