The Territory

Gavi, the terroir of an ancient history

Gavi’s hills are inhabited since the Neolithic age. It has always been a strategic passage from the sea towards the North, it has offered protection to historical characters such as Henry the VI, Frederick Barbarossa’s son. It is believed that the town was named after the princess Gavia, Saracens ancestry (X century).

During more recent times, the Gavi area was strongly linked to the Genovese Republic: the city’s aristocratic families chose the sceneries of these hills for their vacations.
Tenuta del Melo’s territory has been for a long time property of these families, that traditionally used to grow here cortese vines, cereals and vegetables.