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.
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La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2005Cortese from Italy
Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2005Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
Malgra Azienda Vitivinicola Gavi del Comune di Gavi Poggio Basco 2005Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy