Santa Seraffa Gavi del Comune di Gavi
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The 18ha Santa Seraffa estate is situated in the prized Gavi del Comune di Gavi zone which surrounds the town of Gavi itself (rather than the satellite villages). It now belongs to Araldica, one of Gavi's leading producers, who have the largest vineyard holdings in the region and a 15 year reputation for crafting the highest quality expressions of the indigenous Cortese grape. The name of the estate comes from the Hermitage of Santa Seraffa - a destination for pilgrims in the thirteenth century, who were also attracted by the wines produced by the Cistercian monks. The estate has a rather chequered history... Originally owned by the Lomellini family from Genova, the estate was later donated to the local bishop who built a convent. In the 18th Century the Spinola family from Genova, turned the convent into a residential Villa, however during the second world war the building was abandoned - the local Rusca family bought the property in 1970 and planted the first vineyards. Somewhere along the way the estate's name changed from Santa Serafìa to Santa Seraffa.
Santa Seraffa Gavi del Comune di Gavi wine is a clean, pure expression of Gavi. The nose has hints of citrus, green-apple and exotic fruit, the palate fresh and mineral, with a sustained finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to seafood and shellfish - unsurprising for a wine sourced just 35km from the Ligurian coast!
Grapes: Cortese 100%
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes