Europe's Legendary Wineries : Italy


Following the long family heritage of winemaking (Gaja Winery was founded in 1859), Angelo Gaja can be considered as one of the most influencial winemaker of Italy. Not only he decided to take Italian wines to another level, he also helped built the new landscape of winemaking in the Roman country.

His father was a traditionnalist and Angelo wanted to persue a different path. He went to France to learn new techniques and eventually came back home with revolutionist ideas. He was the first to implement temperature controlled fermentation, malolactic fermentation, use of French oak and mostly the use of French varietals into his blend.

His cuvees (he was the first to produce single vineyard's wines) include the lengendary Barbarescos, Sorí Tildin, Sorí San Lorenzo and Costa Russi. He also produce two Barolo crus - Sperss and Conteisa Cerequio.

And if these are not enough, he also introduce Super-Piemontese wines such as Sito Moresco (a fantastic blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Merlot.), Darmagi (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Gaia e Rey (Chardonnay).

Gaja's top vintages:

1964, 1967, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005

Contact details:
Address: Via Torino 36, 12050 Barbaresco
Telephone: +39 0173 635255
Fax: +39 0173 635256