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Italian wine and grape guide : Gavi

Gavi

Gavi is a wine produced in the Alto Monferrato, in the southern part of the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, and made exclusively from Cortese grapes grown in the town of Gavi and surrounding villages, from which it takes its name.

Gavi, from 1998 a DOCG wine, and is one of the most famous and known Italian white wines and despite what many of its fans think, there is only one DOCG called Gavi, the Gavi di Gavi is not a different wine like it is in the case of the Chianti, where there is are several appellations and one is Chianti Classico. In the case of Gavi, the additional “di Gavi” on the label simply means that the wine maker has its vineyards within the borders of the town of Gavi.

The Gavi wine has a light straw colour with green hues and a delicate, fruity nose with apple hints. The wine is dry, fresh, full and elegant. Recently, Gavi producers have started to produce more structured and complex wines, the Cortese grape has proved suitable for aging in bottle or barrels.

Wine makers making the wine