The hillside of Rovereto has always been considered the historic Great Cru of Gavi. Located in the municipality of Gavi, it extends over 148 acres. The name Rovereto means oak wood, a name derived from ancient local oak forests. The dark red clay soil is rich in iron and full of stones, imparting greater complexity and minerality than other soils of Gavi. The sea breezes from the Ligurian Sea and cool mountain winds from the Apennine Mountains create a microclimate ideal for growing Cortese grapes to optimal ripeness. The Michele Chiarlo Rovereto vines are 25 years old on average. The vines are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. A portion of the hand harvested grapes undergo cold pressing to obtain specific aromas. The grapes are soft pressed and then fermented at low temperatures. The wine ages for at least 5 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks before refinement in the bottle.