The Gavi PDO or Cortese di Gavi PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White, Frizzante, Spumante, Reserve and Spumante Reserve.
The production area of Gavi PDO is within the territory of the municipalities of Gavi, Tassarolo, Serravalle Scrivia, Novi Ligure, Francavilla, Pasturana, Parodi Ligure, Bosio, Carrosio, Capriata d’Orba, San Cristoforo, in the Province of Alessandria, in the Piedmont region.
White (incl. Riserva and Semi-Sparkling), Spumante, Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico: Cortese (Courteis) 100%.
Description of product typologies
Gavi PDO Bianco is straw-yellow in colour, varying in intensity; the nose offers fruity notes of peach and apricot; it is sapid, fresh and harmonious on the palate. It can also be a Semi-Sparkling wine and may display Riserva on the label if the wine has undergone a minimum, mandatory aging period of 1 year, of which at least 6 months must be maturing in bottles. The aging period starts from October 15th following the harvest and finishes October 14th of the following year. Gavi PDO or Cortese di Gavi PDO Spumante is straw-yellow in colour, varying in intensity and with fine and persistent foam; the nose is extremely delicate with predominantly fruity notes; it is dry and harmonious on the palate. It may display Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico on the label. Before being made available for consumption, Gavi PDO or Cortese di Gavi PDO Riserva Spumante Metodo Classico wines must have undergone a minimum, mandatory aging period of two years, of which at least 18 months must be in bottles on the lees. The wine must display the disgorgement date and indicate the vintage referring to the harvest. The aging period commences October 15th of the year following that in which the grapes were produced.
The Gavi PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym. Additional geographical indications referring to the municipalities and districts from which the grapes used to produce the wine actually originate, are permitted for Gavi PDO Bianco, Frizzante and Spumante. This indication is prohibited for the two types of Reserve wines.