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If you asked what Italy's best white wine is, Gavi will be high amongst the answers. So just what is it that makes Gavi so special?

Made from the Cortese grape, sounding like an extra in a Godfather movie, Gavi is up in north-west Italy, near Genoa. Close to the town of Gavi, you'll find the Gavi di Gavi DOCG region, which is also where you'll find some of Italy's best white wines.

Tangy, zesty, intense (in the best examples, like this), and, above all, refreshing.

Some have called it Italy's answer to Chablis, but we think that's a bit too easy. Both white wines are delicious and certainly unique (remember that 'tastes a bit like chicken' with food?).

Just like Pinot Grigio, fame has led to a swathe of poor imitations. With those you'll just be sipping on a white that lacks authentic character and body. And there's no fun in fake body and character, whether with a human or with wine.

Giustiniana's wine entices you with aromas of pear, golden apples, citrus, and that Gavi hallmark, roasted almonds. Flavour-wise, you'll be looking for ripe peach, fleshy and juicy, an overall sensation of 'oneness' and a long, clean finish.

With a few years in bottle, there'll be a bit more richness, with natural flavours coming through. Seafood - bring it on. Grilled tuna steaks - perfect. A fresh salad with tomatoes and feta cheese - delicious.

From the Gavi Region in Piedmont this is a suave, sophisticated Italian dry white wine that will have you coming back for more. Made from the Cortese grape, PIedmont's finest white grape variety which typically makes crisp, lime scented wines with flavours of apples, peaches and melons. You're in for a treat if you pair this with grilled prawns, seafood linguine or pasta in pesto.
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ArrayFruity Dry White, Unoaked White



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ArrayShellfish, Sushi, White Fish



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The Producer

The Giustiniana estate stretches out over 110 hectares, with 40 under vine and at high altitudes of between 300-500m above sea level near the commune of Roverto. The estate has banned all use of pesticides and yields are kept very low to retain the pure fruit character. With a winemaking history going back as far as 1250, the Giustiniana family became owners in the only slightly more recent past, in 1625. The single vineyard Gavi di Gavis are the estate's flagship wines, both with a unique and very different character.
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The Winemaker

The winemaker Matteo Zerbo tells us that 2018 was an excellent vintage with plenty of rain. The rain helped to restored the water reserves that were depleted from the previous dry year, 2017, and also encouraged vigorous growth in the vineyards. Thinning of the grapes was carried out following a humid summer which brought with it more growth than normal among the vines. September was warm but windy, helping to regulate the temperatures which meant that the grapes ripened in ideal conditions. Harvest started at the end of September, with grape quantities up 20% on 2017. The grapes were gently pressed, then cool fermented for two weeks in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. Unoaked, the wine was bottled in the spring following the harvest.

The Region

The Gavi area sits the south-eastern corner of Piedmont, to the north of Genoa. The clue is in the name here as Piedmont means the 'foot of the mountains' - the Alps to be precise - and the region enjoys a warm climate with low rainfall thanks to the proximity of the Alps to the north and the Apennines to the south. These rolling hills are home to more DOCG wines (the highest quality level of Italian wines), than anywhere else in Italy, not to mention the birthplace of the Slow Food movement.
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Roast Chicken with Garlic & Lemon

Roast chicken is an extremely versatile dish to pair with both light reds and whites. The addition of lemon needs a white with zesty, citrus notes to complement the chicken juices - try Gavi di Gavi or Portuguese whites for the suitably lemony tones.
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Seafood Paella

More often matched with fruity reds, for a different Paella pairing try a crisp, lemony white which will contrast nicely with the seafood in the dish. Go for La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi, it won't disappoint you.
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Provencal Style Scallops

A simple way with scallops, this Provencal dish uses white wine and parsley to add freshness to the dish, so head for whites with crisp mineral flavours, just like the La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi.
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