When you arrive in the land of Gavi - or better still, when you return - you perceive a "spirit of place" that makes this territory something unique and distinguishes it from other well-known wine regions in southern Piedmont such as the Langhe and Monferrato (to which it borders).
|The small town of Gavi with the imposing Forte di Gavi fortress in the background% Photo: Consorzio di Tutela del Gavi|
The aesthetics of nature in the land behind the mountains
It is difficult to define this spirit. It is a special light, a brightness that blows with the breezes from the mountains in the south and pushes the misty haze north towards the Po Valley. You can't see the sea here, but you can almost feel it, because it's just over thirty kilometres away as the crow flies. In between are the Apennine mountains, and the small torrent Lemme glides light blue between the cliffs of white marl. There are extensive forests with native plants such as the oak and the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), which here even stand up to the American black locust, which has advanced unstoppably elsewhere and is occupying the territory. The area is particularly popular with nature lovers thanks to the rich fauna and flora. In the woods you can enjoy a wonderfully fresh climate in summer and in winter the snow often covers the land with a white dress, which has become a rare occurrence in most other parts of Piedmont.
The temperature swings in summer between day and night are enormous. The vineyards are mostly young and well cared for, even from an aesthetic point of view, because the Gavi farms - more than others - are concerned about the integrity of the landscape and demonstrate this.