Cortese di Gavi Wine Region Guide

Discover Cortese di Gavi, Where Timeless Elegance Meets Modern Refreshment


Last updated: June 20, 2024


The Loire Valley has Sancerre, Galicia has Albariño, and Piedmont has Cortese di Gavi to shout about. These exceptional white wines deliver freshness, fruit, and vitality in every bottle and sip. Achingly on-trend and impossible to dislike, Gavi has captured the imagination of consumers and buyers across the Italian Peninsula.

Yet, Cortese di Gavi is not only about instant gratification and summer refreshment. Produced in the hills south of Alessandria in northwestern Italy, Gavi is also renowned for its sparkling wines and oak-aged whites that have more in common with Godello – or even perhaps Chardonnay – than Sauvignon Blanc.

It is also a region with a long and proud history of vine cultivation; legend states that the name Gavi was derived from a princess who lived in the time of the Frankish Kings at the height of the Dark Ages. This daughter of King Chlodomer moved to Gavi to escape his wrath after she married in secret. Cortese di Gavi is said to be a monument to her beauty and bravery. But, we feel it is a monument to the exceptional soils – and human talent- that continues to put Cortese di Gavi on the international fine wine map.

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