Among the white grape varieties, Cortese occupies a leading position in Piedmont. Cultivated mainly in the province of Asti, on the right side of the River Tanaro, and in the province of Alessandria, on the hill system that links Ovada and Acqui Terme with Nizza Monferrato. Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato is typically a dry, fresh and light white wine and sometimes has a more complex structure, personality and elegance; it is also made in a sparkling version.
Production zone: 35 municipalities in the province of Asti and 51 municipalities in the province of Alessandria;
Grapes: 85 to 100% Cortese (up to 15% other non-aromatic white grape varieties);
Production yields: Max. 10 tons, corresponding to 70 hectoliters per hectare;
Minimum total alcohol content: 10% by vol.
Pale straw yellow color, sometimes with greenish hues, it has a gentle yet persistent aroma with notes of flowers and fresh fruit; it has a dry, nicely acidic flavor, with a slightly bitterish base harmonized by a pleasant taste.
Excellent as an aperitif or with light lunches and suppers, appetizers, risottos and delicate fish dishes.