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Italian wine and grape guide : Cortese


The Cortese grape - " corteis " in Piedmont dialect - is a native white grape variety grown in Piedmont since the ' 700 and it is found mainly in the south of Alessandria , from Ovada to the Tortona hills and in particular in the area of ??Gavi, where it has a great tradition and achieves its highest level. The Cortese grape produces wines of excellent quality , characterised by elegance and balance and this is true not only for fresh and young wines , but also for those who are left aging in bottle that add dept and complexity to the wine