Gavi or Cortese di Gavi is awhite wine producing DOCG in southern Piedmonte, sitting between Genoa and Alessandria. The name refers to the town of Gavi, where the wine region is centred. Wines displaying 'Gavi di Gavi' on their labels can only source grapes from the town of the same name.Read More
Winemaking in this region goes back to 1600 and despite being located in Piedmonte, the winemaking and gastronomy is certainly Ligurian in style.
Cortese is the only grape grape grown in the DOCG. It's produced in still and sparkling spumante styles. The wines are light and fresh with floral aromas blanaced by a flinty minerality. A small amount is matured in barrel, called Bianco Riserva.
Gavi is influenced by a Maritmime climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, damp winters. The sea breezes and cooler nocturnal temperatures preserve the acidity, critical to balance the fruit/floral characteristics. The soils are alluvial with outcrops of iron rich spurs.