Meet The Winemakers

The pioneering Gaja family has been growing vines and making wine for five generations, a tradition they started in 1859 in Piedmont. Each generation nurtures the dreams and vision of the previous one, building and innovating for the next. Above all, they are inspired by respect for nature and believe attention to detail is paramount.

Without a doubt, the name Gaja is synonymous with innovation and each generation has brought something new. Clotilde Rey drove the direction of quality, her son Giovanni continued this legacy as well as acquiring some of the best vineyards in Barbaresco including the three ‘crus’ for which Gaja is best known: Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi. Angelo introduced new methods with higher density planting, green harvesting, lower yields, temperature-controlled vinification, shorter macerations, large barrique ageing and longer corks.

Settling in Piedmont, northwest Italy, in the mid-17th century, the Gaja family has been growing vines and making wines in the Langhe hills ever since. While their home remains in the beautiful village of Barbaresco, more recent adventures have taken them to Tuscany where the Pieve Santa Restituta Estate in Montalcino produces a stunning Brunello, and to Ca’Marcanda in Bolgheri.

The Pieve Santa Restituta estate in Montalcino produces three Brunello di Montalcino wines from across 65 acres of vineyard holdings and became part of the Gaja estate in 1994.

After no less than 18 trips to complete the negotiations, the purchase of the historic 100ha Bolgheri estate in Tuscany took place in 1996 and is now known as “Ca-marcanda” – the house of endless negotiations. It was then another six years before Italian architect Giovanni Bo would complete the design and construction of a state-of-the-art winery, bringing to life Angelo’s vision for the building to blend discreetly with its surrounding. Built underground, the layout and design allows for the precision necessary to craft exceptional wines with minimal intervention.

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