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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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  • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2015 Front Label
    Villa Sparina 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
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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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        • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2015 Front Label
          Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2015
          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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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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        • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2015 Front Label
          Coppo Gavi La Rocca 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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            • 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 Front Label
              Marchesi di Barolo 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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                • Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2015 Front Label
                  Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 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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                    • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2015 Front Label
                      Principessa Gavia Gavi 2015
                      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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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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                      • Camporosso Gavi 2015 Front Label
                        Camporosso Gavi 2015
                        Cortese from 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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                        • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2015 Front Label
                          Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2015
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                            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                              Chateau de Lidonne Adelasia Cortese 2015
                              Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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                                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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