You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. <br><strong>For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.</strong>

Log in Become a Member


The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Bianca Fernanda, Corteis, Cortese Bianca, Cortese Bianco, Cortese d'Asti, Cortese dell'Astigliano, Courteis, Courteisa, Courtesia, Fernanda Bianca and Raverusto. The parentage is unknown. The early ripening, high-yielding vine produces acidic, fruity wines with citrus aromas. It is also used as table grape. The variety was first mentioned in 1614 in an inventory of Castel Monferrato in the Piedmontese province of Alessandria. Today it is grown in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Novara in Piedmont, where it is permitted in the DOC/DOCG wines Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato, Colli Tortonesi, Gavi, Monferrato and Piemonte. There are further stocks in Lombardy (DOC wine Oltrepò Pavese) and in Veneto (DOC wines Bianco di Custoza and Garda). In 2016, 2,405 hectares of vines were reported in Italy with a decreasing trend (Kym Anderson statistics).

Voices of our members

Prof. Dr. Walter Kutscher

In the past, you needed a wealth of encyclopaedias and specialist literature to keep up to date in your vinophile professional life. Today, Wine lexicon from wein.plus is one of my best helpers and can rightly be called the "bible of wine knowledge".

Prof. Dr. Walter Kutscher
Lehrgangsleiter Sommelierausbildung WIFI-Wien

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,079 Keywords · 46,829 Synonyms · 5,323 Translations · 31,413 Pronunciations · 186,885 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon