Gaja

The story of this estate’s ascendancy is captivating, full of passion and innovation. The Gaja name was established in the region in the 1850s when Angelo’s great, great grandfather Giovanni Gaja moved to Piedmont and then set up a tavern in the lovely village of Barbaresco.

Since then 5 generations of the Gaja family have been involved in the winemaking process. Angelo Gaja joined the business in 1961, taking over the reins from his father Giovanni. It was at this point that the greatest changes were made and they have been fundamental.

Amongst the key changes and innovations introduced were the exclusive focus on estate grown fruit; the reduction of yields; scientifically analyzing the vineyards; separately bottling the vineyard sites to create single vineyard wines; ageing in small barrels made by a local cooperage from wood kept and seasoned at the estate as well as the traditional bottle; planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes alongside the traditional indigenous varieties much to everyone’s horror, not least that of his father.

Today Angelo Gaja and his family create spectacular Barbaresco and Barolo wines from the Nebbiolo grape at their estate in Piedmont alongside their iconic single vineyard wines under the Langhe DOC. They also produce extraordinary white wines with a great capacity to age. They are responsible for some of Italy’s most celebrated bottles which all exhibit the characteristic hallmark of power with sophisticated elegance that marks Gaja apart.

As one would expect for wines of this quality harvesting is done by hand with acute care taken to ensure that the fruit reaches the winery in perfect condition. Ruthless decision making, such as the decision in 2002 (a dilute and difficult year in Piedmont) to declassify the total crop and sell it in bulk, illustrates this well. All wines are fermented in stainless steel, with the reds seeing varying degrees of skin contact depending on the wine and the year. Ageing starts in small French oak barrels, a tactic developed by Angelo when he took responsibility for the winemaking in 1969, and moves to large oak casks for all but the whites and Sito Moresco. Angelo regards the traditional requirements that must be observed for inclusion of a wine in the legal DOC or DOCG quality standards as an impediment to his policy of seeking perfection. Thus the majority of Gaja wines are named according to the vineyard rather than the DOC or DOCG. That Costa Russi is basically Barbaresco and Sperss is basically Barolo is something that must simply be remembered.

Anyone who has had the pleasure to meet Angelo and his daughter Gaia will not be surprised by their success. They have an indomitable will, powerful personality and a total belief in their own direction. Great wines are often a reflection of the people that create them and this is definitely the case with Gaja. Multi layered, fascinating wines with great charm, elegance and longevity. It is no wonder that they are held in such great esteem.

 
Italy
93 Robert Parker
Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promis 2016
Gaja Ca' Marcanda Promis 2016
This is 'Super Tuscan' which means they tend to use more international grape varieties in their wines. This wine in particular is made Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This is a very rich, complex wine, with dark berry fruit flavours and hints of tobacco, chocolate and spice.
Ca' Marcanda Promis 2016
48,50 €
Italy
95 Robert Parker
Gaja Ca' Marcanda Magari 2015
Gaja Ca' Marcanda Magari 2015
Rich and soft, with aromas and flavours of ripe dark fruits and Mediterranean herbs.
Ca' Marcanda Magari 2015
72,50 €
Italy
92 Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino 2013
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino 2013
Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Di Montalcino 2013
85,00 €
Italy
Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2015
Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2015
Barolo Dagromis 2015
105,00 €
Italy
97 Robert Parker
Gaja Ca'Marcanda Camarcanda Bolgheri 2016
Gaja Ca'Marcanda Camarcanda Bolgheri 2016
Complex with powerful tannic structure, dense, with an expressive mineral character. Rich fruit and nuanced aromas with a long concentrated finish.
Ca'Marcanda Camarcanda Bolgheri 2016
173,00 €
Italy
95 Robert Parker
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina 2013
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina 2013
Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina 2013
189,00 €
Italy
94 Wine Spectator
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013
Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 2013
210,00 €
Italy
96 Wine Enthusiast
Gaja Barbaresco 2015
Gaja Barbaresco 2015
The centerpiece of the portfolio, GAJA Barbaresco is a testament to the Gaja family’s historic commitment to the appellation and its belief that Barbaresco stands proudly with the great growing…
Barbaresco 2015
229,00 €
Italy
97 Robert Parker
Gaja Conteisa 2010
Gaja Conteisa 2010
Conteisa 2010
239,00 €
Italy
98 James Suckling
Gaja Conteisa 2014
Gaja Conteisa 2014
In 1995, GAJA decided to purchase a second farm in the Barolo appellation, this time in the township of La Morra (in 1988, the family purchased its first Barolo vineyards in Serralunga…
Conteisa 2014
269,00 €
Italy
95 Wine Enthusiast
Gaja Sperss 2014
Gaja Sperss 2014
Sperss 2014
280,00 €
Italy
99 James Suckling
Gaja Sori Tildin 2015
Gaja Sori Tildin 2015
Sori Tildin 2015
590,00 €