Gavi di Gavi “Montessora” La Giustiniana

Italy, Piedmont

Gavis too often tend to be rather dull – but not this one! Stood out straight away in a flight for its richer, fuller style, with bright stone fruits, lifted minerality (almost flinty) and creamy texture and mouth feel, with fine, underlying acidity. A really lovely wine and a real “aha!” moment!

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MWS: 96


Gavi di Gavi, or Cortese di Gavi, is a renowned white wine DOCG appellation in Piedmont. Vineyards are planted over 110 hectares with southern exposure at an altitude of 300-500 metres above sea level. The Montessora vineyard is considered to be the superior with the local Cortese vines grown on iron rich (very red) soils which also contain some alluvial clay and gravel.

Grape Variety

100% Cortese.

Yields were some paltry 30hl/ha (half the norm for the area) with hand harvested grapes which had exuberant fruit flavours and higher than average acidity levels. Cool fermented with no oak and a short spell on lees has emphasised the purity and fruit qualities of the wine.

Alcohol Percentage


Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 2 years.


The winery is located on an ancient property, passed down to the Giustiniana family in 1625 after one of their members successfully led Genoa’s troops to defend the Fort of Gavi.

The Giustiniana estate has been transformed since 1998 under the auspices of consultant Donato Lanati – along with winemaker Matteo Zerbo - with much improved resource and focus in both vineyards and winery. They own 40 has of vineyards in the commune Roverto in Gavi and make wines from two single vineyards.

Food Match

A good match with slightly fleshier fish like Sea Bream – even with a bold sauce or char grilled. Works nicely with pasta with a fennel, dill and aubergine sauce in a light béchamel sauce.

Suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

In the press

Bronze- Decanter World Wine Awards 2016


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