This is our third vintage of Cortese from Cascina Cortese Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley. Cortese is a varietal grown predominantly in the Piemonte region of northwestern Italy and is the exclusive varietal found in Gavi (a DOCG* in southern Piemonte), where is has been
grown since the 17th Century. Although it's the only wine allowed to be made in Gavi, there are many different styles produced, including
sparkling, barrel fermented, stainless steel and more.
Several years ago, Steve was approached by Santa Ynez Valley resident Al Cortese, whose family vineyard comprises varietals found where
Al’s great-grandfather emigrated from — Gavi, Italy! Our 2014 vintage was made from the first fruit picked at this site—an inaugural vintage. Like Gavi, our winegrowing area in the Santa Ynez Valley also benefits from an ocean-influenced terroir, with ancient sea beds giving the soils and many of our wines a clean and crisp touch of salinity.
*DOCG = Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. The highest classification for Italian wines