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Gavi

DOCG area (also Cortese di Gavi or Gavi di Gavi) for white wine in the Italian region of Piedmont. The vineyards extend over 1,500 hectares. The zone covers in its entirety the municipalities of Bosio, Carrosio, Gavi, Parodi Ligure, San Cristoforo and Tassarolo, as well as parts of Capriata d'Orba, Francavilla Bisio, Novi Ligure, Pasturana and Serravalle Scrivia in the province of Alessandria. Other possible geographical indications are Costa Santo Stefano and Capanne di Marcarolo (Bosio), Monterotondo, Pratolungo and Rovereto (Gavi), and Cadepiaggio and Tramontana (Parodi Ligure). If the grapes come from classified vineyards, (only for still wine) Vigna can be indicated followed by the name of the vineyard.

Wine growing in Gavi has been documented since 972. In the 1950s, Vittorio Soldati created "Gavi di Gavi" at his La Scolca winery, which then became a cult wine in the 1970s. The wine received DOC status as early as 1974, was elevated to DOCG status in 1998 and was last expanded in 2010 with additional wine types. The wine is made from 100% pure Cortese grapes (here also called Courteisa). From the still wine there is also a more alcoholic, longer matured Riserva. In addition, there are also the sparkling wine types Frizzante, Spumante and Spumante Metodo Classico Riserva.

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