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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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  • Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2016  Front Label
    Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2016
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2016 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2016
      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2016 Front Label
        Stefano Massone Gavi Masera 2016
        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2016 Front Label
          Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2016
          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2016 Front Label
            Principessa Gavia Gavi 2016
            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2016 Front Label
              Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2016
              Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2016 Front Label
                Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2016
                Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2016 Front Label
                  Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2016
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Idlewild Fox Hill Cortese 2016  Front Label
                  Idlewild Fox Hill Cortese 2016
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                • Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2016 Front Label
                  Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2016
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2016 Front Label
                  Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2016
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2016 Front Label
                  La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2016
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2016 Front Label
                    Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2016
                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Giordano Lombardo Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi 2016 Front Label
                      Giordano Lombardo Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi 2016
                      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • La Scolca White Label Gavi 2016 Front Label
                        La Scolca White Label Gavi 2016
                        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2016 Front Label
                          Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2016
                          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2016  Front Label
                            Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2016
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                            • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi del Comune di Gavi Granee 2016  Front Label
                              Beni di Batasiolo Gavi del Comune di Gavi Granee 2016
                              Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Tenuta Olim Bauda Gavi Del Comune di Gavi 2016  Front Label
                                Tenuta Olim Bauda Gavi Del Comune di Gavi 2016
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                                • La Zerba Gavi 2016  Front Label
                                  La Zerba Gavi 2016
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                                  • Michele Chiarlo Gavi Palas 2016  Front Label
                                    Michele Chiarlo Gavi Palas 2016
                                    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                                    • Santa Vittoria Gavi 2016 Front Label
                                      Santa Vittoria Gavi 2016
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                                      • Azienda Agricola Bergaglio Cinzia Grifone delle Roveri Cortese 2016  Front Label
                                        Azienda Agricola Bergaglio Cinzia Grifone delle Roveri Cortese 2016
                                        Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                                        • Bricco dei Guazzi Gavi 2016  Front Label
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