Gavi di Tassarolo
“Gavi DOCG is in Piedmont – a region perhaps more known for reds such as Barolo – using the white grape Cortese. It’s adored for its exquisite freshness and now rivals some of Italy’s other best-known white wines such as Pinot Grigio and Soave, so it’s only fitting that it be included in a grand tour of Italian wines.”
ELIZABETH KELLY MW
About the wine
Gavi is often referred to as the “Chablis of Italy” due to its gentle aromatics and floral notes, as well as its whistle-clean finish. This wine is fermented at a low temperature to retain all those precious characteristics. It then spends 12 months on its lees – a careful practice that results in enhancing a wine’s texture and integrating its flavours beautifully.
About the producer
La Zerba has been a family-owned winery since 1973, when it was bought by Ida Cozzio and Livio Lorenzi. They’ve since pioneered organic production in the region, and the results have been spectacular – year after year, they produce wines of excellent quality that are often recommended by some of the world’s favourite wine publications.
About the region
The La Zerba winery and vineyards can be found in the picturesque hills of Gavi DOCG in the Piedmont region. Plenty of surrounding lakes and rivers contribute to a high diurnal range (a big difference in day and night temperatures) that is perfect for the Cortese grape. It means that long days give the grapes time to fill with flavour and cool nights give them plenty of vital acidity.