Cortese is one of the most important dry white wines produced in Piedmont. It does not enjoy the same reputation as the reds and Moscatos, but it is an excellent wine for consumption at meals. It is produced in the Upper Monferrato in a district bounded by the rivers Bormida and Scrivia and flanked by the Ligurian Apennines. The winemaking area’s principal centers are Acqui, Ovada and Novi, all in the province of Alessandria.
The Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato received its Denominazione di Origine Controllata in 1979 and has made a major contribution in recent years to the expansion of the production of Piedmontese white wines, which, still today, represent only slightly more than a third of the output of reds.