Boutique Wines

The wines of Giuseppe Cortese are every Piedmont aficionado’s dream.

Located in the heart of the famous Rabajà zone, this small, family-owned winery, known for producing exquisitely balanced wines from the Barbaresco zone, is run by those who possess an intimate knowledge of the Nebbiolo grape. With profound respect and knowledge of the Barbaresco terroir, and long-held family traditions, Giuseppe Cortese is able to craft some of Piedmont’s most exceptional wines.

A native of Barbaresco, Giuseppe Cortese began a lifelong passion for winemaking by working with his father Giacomo in the family business. After several years of experience, he realized the future of high-quality Barbaresco wines was in developing the potential of the terroir. With this in mind, Giuseppe began re-orienting the family’s wine business and remodeling the winery, improving vinification techniques, and purchasing new land among the famous Rabajà vineyards.

Giuseppe’s son Piercarlo joined him in the 1990s, after graduating from the highly regarded Enological School of Alba. Today, Cortese is the typical small, family-run winery, with Giuseppe’s wife Rosella and daughter Tiziana playing active roles in commercial aspects and public relations.


Giuseppe Cortese

2014 Barbaresco Rabaja

An intense and ethereal perfume with fresh notes that evolve into scents of spices, tobacco and brushwood notes as it ages. A dry, full and robust flavour with a rich and harmonious structure; garnet red colour.

94 Points - Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast

Balsam, leather, perfumed berry, pressed blue flower and dark spice aromas lead the way in this elegant, vibrant red. The savory, focused palate offers red cherry, tobacco, licorice and ground clove flavors set against a backdrop of bright acidity and firm, refined tannins.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2014Region: Rabaja Vineyard Barbaresco ZoneOak: 20/22 months in Slavonian oak barrels ranging in size from 17 to 25 hectolitres and in age from new to 8/9 years. Minimum 10 monAppellation: BarbarescoAlcohol: 14

2015 Barbera a'Alba Morassina

Intense and velvety vinous perfum. Dry flavour and full body. Deep purplish colour, almost impenetrable red.
Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: Trifolera ZoneVineyard: Morassina VineyardOak: 8 months in small French wood barrels (225 L) 30% new and 70% used for the second and third time. Minimum 6 months of maturing iAppellation: AlbaAlcohol: 13.5

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo

Made from grapes grown in the younger vineyards as those used to make our Barbaresco, this wine has all the character and elegance of the great Nebbiolo with its intense yet delicate perfume. Dry, fresh and pleasant flavour with characteristic tannic balance. Garnet red colour.
Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: Rabaja Vineyard Barbaresco ZoneOak: 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels ranging in size from 17 to 25 hectolitres and in age from new to 8/9 years. Minimum 6 monthsAppellation: BarbarescoAlcohol: 13.5

2016 Langhe Chardonnay

A wine with great personality and a fresh, fruity and mineral perfume. Dry, intense and sapid flavour. Straw yellow colour.
Technical Information
Vintage: 216Region: Trifolera ZoneStainless: Vinification and storage entirely in stainless steel.Oak: NoneAppellation: AlbaAlcohol: 12.5