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Cortese


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

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.