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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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    Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2011
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2011 Front Label
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      • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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        • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2011 Front Label
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        • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2011 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2011
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          • Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2011 Front Label
            Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2011
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            • Palladino Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2011 Front Label
              Palladino Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2011
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              • Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana Toledana 2011 Front Label
                Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana Toledana 2011
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                • Marchesi di Barolo Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
                  Marchesi di Barolo Gavi di Gavi 2011
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                  • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2011 Front Label
                    La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2011
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                    • Senorio de Ondas Gavi di Gavi La Chiara 2011 Front Label
                      Senorio de Ondas Gavi di Gavi La Chiara 2011
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                      • Domaine de Bel Air Gavi Mainin 2011 Front Label
                        Domaine de Bel Air Gavi Mainin 2011
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                        • Tenuta San Pietro Gavi Il Mandorlo 2011 Front Label
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                          • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                            • Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2011 Front Label
                              Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2011
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                              • Chateau de Lidonne Adelasia Cortese 2011 Front Label
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                                  Castello di Tassarolo Titouan Gavi 2011
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                                  • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Rovereto Vigna Vecchia 2011 Front Label
                                    Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Rovereto Vigna Vecchia 2011
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                                      • Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                                        • Terre di Zagara Gavi 2011 Front Label
                                          Terre di Zagara Gavi 2011
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                                            • Castelvero Piemonte Cortese 2011 Front Label
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                                                  Produttori dei Gavi Gavi Il Forte 2011
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