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Gavi: The names to know and 10 wines to try

Location and geography make Gavi a haven for characteristically crisp, dry and minerally whites, perfect for summer drinking, be they young or bottle-aged Riservas.

Our story begins in the southeastern strip of Piedmont that borders the province of Genoa in Liguria: this is Gavi wine country.

The old Salt Route passed through here, following the Via Postumia Roman road on its way up to Pavia and ultimately the country’s far northeast; and in the 12th century, the small town of Gavi became a crucial defensive outpost for the Genoese, as evidenced by its imposing fortress.

Here, a unique encounter takes place: the wind from the Ligurian sea, about 30km to the south, blows up to the snow-capped Apennines, caressing villages, castles and hills, woods and vineyards on its way and blessing the air with a special light.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 10 brilliant Gavi wines

See notes and scores for 10 of Gavi’s very best wines

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