Broglia 2022 Gavi di Gavi La Contessa

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Broglia's Gavi is light and fragrant with touches of lemongrass, grapefruit and white flowers. Delicate and vibrant

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The Wine Region



Piedmont is, without fear of contradiction, Italy's most exciting wine region. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy's finest and most long-lived wines, being the ultimate expression of the world's greatest grape variety: Nebbiolo. OK, I might be going a bit far with that one, but it's my favourite. This variety has, perhaps even more so than Pinot Noir, an in-built ability to transmit its terroir into the glass with laser-like precision and clarity. Perhaps this is why there are 170 named, single-vineyards in Barolo alone (what we now call the Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive, or MGAs for short). Barolo is, without doubt, worthy of its title, 'The King of Wines, The Wine of Kings'.

The hills of The Langhe, where Barolo and Barbaresco are found, is also home to other wonderful varieties: Dolcetto is a delight when the winemaker can get the balance of tannins correct, Dogliani being the favoured zone; Barbera is juicy and fruitful with many examples reaching lofty heights of quality; Freisa is light but deliciously complex. There are white varieties too: Arneis is making some kind of come back, since it nearly disappeared entirely: Favorita is the local version of Vermentino; and of course, who could forget Moscato?

Elsewhere, the wines which are receiving the most attention, are those of Alto Piemonte: Gattinara, Ghemme, Sizzano, Fara and many other microscopic DOCs where you can often find pure Nebbiolos, or ocassionally mixed up with Vespolina and Uva Rara. These are not the 'poor man's Barolo', these are distinct wines, worthy of merit. There is also the ubiquitous Gavi di Gavi, one of the few Italian whites with a household name.

The Sub Region

Gavi Wine


In the picturesque hills of Piedmont, Italy, lies the enchanting region of Gavi, famed for producing exquisite white wines made from the Cortese grape. The DOCG of Gavi comprises 11 municipalities in the province of Alessandria. One of these municipalities is Gavi itself. The wines of vineyards with the borders of this commune are entitled to be called Gavi di Gavi, or as it is now known, Gavi del Comune di Gavi.

Gavi wine captivates with its bright acidity, delicate floral aromas, and green apple and citrus notes. Awarded the esteemed Gavi DOCG status, these wines are a testament to the region's centuries-old viticultural excellence.

The terroir of Gavi, characterised by its calcareous and clay-rich soils, imparts a unique minerality to the wines, enhancing their complexity and finesse. Historically, Gavi wines have been revered since the 17th century, with the town becoming a symbol of premium Italian white wines. Today, Gavi wine producers skillfully blend time-honoured traditions with innovative techniques, ensuring each bottle reflects the purity and elegance of the region.

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