Great Italian wine estate
The Gaja family has made its home in the Piedmont since the 17th century. In 1859, they released their very first bottle of Barbaresco, produced on the 2 hectares of vineyard from the tiny estate managed by Giovanni Gaja. He was the son of two tavern owners who left Spain for Italy. At the time, he sold his wines at the tavern as well as to the Italian army. Over the years, he improved his equipment and catalog, soon acquiring a solid reputation as a winemaker. As a result, his wines started selling like crazy.
His young son, Angelo (Sr.) was helping his father at the estate and soon inherited the entire business. With his wife Clothilde, Angelo has managed the brand beautifully. In 1905, his level of exigence and ambition led him to develop new methods of winemaking, in order to improve the quality of his products. Some years later, Angelo’s son (who was called Giovanni like his ancestor) took the helm of the estate, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He acquired many vineyard plots, such as Sori Tildin, Costa Russi, Montalcino, Sori San Lorenzo…
Then, in 1961, the fourth generation of Gajas, a young man named Angelo (Jr.) entered the scene. He still works in the 100 hectares vineyard today, located in the Piedmont, and he was the first to buy French barrels to vinify his wine production, in 1967. He also bought other, smaller estates in Tuscany. Thanks to his oenologist, Guido Rivella, Angelo Jr. (now a worldwide celebrity) has achieved his goal: to revolutionize Italian wine while preserving the soul of the local terroir. A quest shared with his wife Lucia and their two daughters, Gaia and Rossana.
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