Gavi / Cortese di Gavi DOCG

Region: Piemonte


History: Established as a DOC in 1974; became a DOCG in 1998

Vineyard Area: 1,570 ha / 3,878 acres (2020)

Production: 99,800 hl / 1,109,000 cases (5-year average)

Principal White Grape Varieties:

Styles and Wine Composition

  • Bianco (Wh, WhFr): 100% Cortese
  • Riserva (Bianco)
  • Spumante (WhSp): 100% Cortese
  • Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico (WhSp): 100% Cortese

Significant Production Rules

  • Minimum alcohol level: 10.5% for Bianco and Spumante; 11.0% for Riserva and Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico
  • Residual sugar: Sparkling wines can range from brut nature (zero dosage) to extra dry
  • Aging: For Spumante, minimum 6 months on the lees using metodo Charmat (ERD = approx. April 1, V+1) or 9 months on the lees using metodo classico (ERD = approx. July 1, V+1); for Bianco Riserva, minimum 1 year, including 6 months in bottle (ERD = November 1, V+1); for Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico, minimum 2 years, including 18 months on the lees (ERD = October 15, V+2)

Last Disciplinare Modification:



Additional information: The consorzio reports that 85% of Gavi’s production is exported, primarily to the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Russia.

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