Regional Varieties: Albariño Aligoté Amigne Arneis Chasselas Colombard Cortese Fiano Grechetto Grenache Blanc Malvasia Istriana Marsanne Muscadelle Muscat of Alexandria Ortega Palomino Parellada Petite Arvine Prosecco Rieslaner Roussanne Savagnin Scheurebe Seyval Blanc Tocai Friulano Torrontés Vermentino Welschriesling
Cortese is one of the prominent Piedmontese white grapes. A historical grape, Cortese is known for its extreme hardiness and high yields, and makes good quality wines. The wines are not overly acidic and have a crisp and rich flavor that pairs well with seafood. Flavors of limes are often noted in these wines.
The grape is most widely associated with Cortese di Gavi DOCG, which is produced in the Gavi region of Alessandria. Colli Tortonesi and Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato are other examples of DOCGs that use this grape. There are also significant plantings in the renowned sparkling wine zone of Asti.
There are increasing plantings of Cortese outside of Piedmont. Examples include Lombardy, especially Oltrepò Pavese DOCG, and Veneto, where the grape is allowed in Bianco di Custoza DOC.