Gavi (Cortese di Gavi) is a white wine from the Gavi area in Piemonte.
It is made exclusively from Cortese grapes.
Citrus and Peach flavors are commonly found in Gavi, with hints of Flowers, Herbs, and bitter Almonds.
|BODY||Light to Medium|
|ACIDITY||Medium - High|
Gavi is very food friendly.
In Piemonte it is served with fish and seafood, pasta, risotto, and vegetarian dishes.
On the Ligurian coast it is often the preferred wine for local seafood.
Olives. Olive Oil. Vinaigrette. Salad.
Fresh Herbs. Pesto. Basil. Spinach.
Grilled Vegetables. Soups.
Green Pasta. Mushroom Risotto.
Seafood Pasta or Risotto. Paella.
Sushi. Sashimi. Raw Fish. Tuna Tartare.
Soft Cheese. Goat Cheese. Feta. Robiola.
Washed Rind. Fontina. Taleggio.
Chicken in White Wine Sauce.
Risotto Primavera (Asparagus, Peas, Zucchini).
Tajarin al Tartufo (Truffle Tagliatelle).
Rosemary Focaccia with Tomato Salad.
Grilled Fish with Lemon and Basil.
Fried Seafood. Shrimps. Calamari. Sardines.
|Greco di Tufo (Italy)|
|Pinot Bianco (Italy)|
|Riesling Dry (Germany)|
|Ugni Blanc (France)|
A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.
It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.
A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.
Remember to hold the glass by the stem!
Documents from the year 972, in the State Archive of Genova mention vineyards in Gavi.
In 1782, the Marquis Andrea Doria wrote about Gavi, and his intentions to ship the wine to America, and Gavi was the first Italian white wine to gain international repute.
The name derives from the production zone, commune di Gavi, and Cortese, the grape variety from which it is made.
The current style of production dates to 1876.
DOC status in 1974 and DOCG in 1998:
Grape variety: 100% Cortese
Minimum Alcohol: 10.5%
Minimum Acidity: 5
Maximum Yield: 9,5 tons/ha
The DOCG allows for spumante and metodo classico styles, but most Gavi is produced as a still (fermo) white wine.
The DOCG restricts the production to 11 towns in the Province of Alessandria in Piemonte:
Bosio, Capriata d'Orba, Carrosio, Francavilla Bisio, Gavi, Novi Ligure, Parodi Ligure, Pasturana, San Cristoforo, Serravalle Scrivia, Tassarolo.
Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.
Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.
For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.
For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.
The most important wine regions are:
Piemonte's DOCG regions:
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