GAJA

GAJA is a family-owned winery that was established in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja. The estate is now run by Angelo Gaja, Giovanni Gaja’s great-grandson.

The family has 101 hectares of vineyards in Italy's popular wine region, Piedmont. The estate’s exact location is in the districts of Barbaresco and Barolo. The fifth-generation Gaja winery has elevated Barbaresco to cult status. Gaja’s reputation as one of Italy’s finest wine producers rests largely with Angelo Gaja, whose impact in defining fine Italian wine in the last 30 years is hard to overstate. His tireless efforts and vineyard or cellar innovations – high-density planting, lower yields, installing temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, ageing wines in French barriques – have inspired the next generation. Angelo’s daughters Gaia and Rossana, and son Giovanni continue to move Gaja forward in its own singular direction to produce Barolo and Barbaresco wines of rare purity and personality.

Though long known for its closed-door policy, Gaja opened to the public for the first time in 2014. In an unusual move, Gaja set up its visitor offering to support non-profit organisations. Those interested in visiting Gaja winery are invited to make a minimum of €300 per person donation to a specially chosen charity. Gaja’s commitment in exchange for this generous donation is to offer a personalised tour of the surrounding vineyards and cellar, followed by a tasting of wines selected by the Gaja family. Be assured, the expense is more than repaid by tasting some of the most haunting Nebbiolos money can buy.