If you ask the average Italian to name a white wine, their first answer will probably be Gavi. It simply is synonymous with white wine in Italy. Made from Cortese grapes grown in the Piedmont region in the north east of the country, the wine has a pale straw colour with a mild nose. As Gavi is usually fairly acidic and dry, this makes it an invigorating wine for hot summer days.

It’s refreshing and best drunk young – after just a year – which gives it a zesty green bounce. The low alcohol of 10.5 of course works well in the summer. If you want a lively, fresh (unoaked) white to accompany a summer meal, a Gavi is fine choice.