Gaja’s wines… “are serious, aristocratic, red wines of power, perfume and elegance – which may explain why Gaja has been called the Chateau Petrus of Italy”

Gaja and Barbaresco are synonymous and their flagship wine ‘Gaja Barbaresco’ is the most profound wine of this designation. Angelo Gaja is attributed with creating the techniques that revolutionised winemaking in Italy.  In many ways Gaja put Barbaresco on the global map and is the undisputed king of Barbaresco. The wine is considered to be a one of the greatest wines in the world, spoken of in the same breath as Lafite Rothschild, Petrus and Cristal. While the wines are expensive on release they continue to rise in value, trading at premium prices and driving forward the prestige of Italian wines.

Gaja Barbaresco is their seminal wine and the best known globally. It is 100% Nebbiolo sourced from 14 different Barbaresco zone vineyards. It spends 12 months ageing in barrique, followed by 12 months in large oak casks. Angelo Gaja introduced several practices to Piedmont, starting in 1961 by experimenting with green harvesting and single vineyard production, which begin with Sori San Lorenzo in 1967, Sori Tildin in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978. He introduced malocatic fermentation to Piedmont and from 1975-1976 started using French barriques, although by modernists standards he is still reserved in their use. Gaja transported thermo-controllable fermentation equipment and eventually used French grape varieties.

Gaja, like most innovators, also brought its share of the polemic when he intentionally declassified his DOCG Barbaresco and Barolo’s, citing his reason as the desire to be able to introduce small amounts of Barbera to some of his blends: in reality Gaja can do and does whatever he likes, as his wines are some of the most revered in the world. The following wines are made in minuscule quantities and are all 95% Nebbiolo and 5% Barbera, spending 12 months in barriques and again 12 months in large oak casks, classified as Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, due to the use of Barbera.

Angelo Gaja is vocally opposed to following the rules of the authorities in Barolo, instead Gaja adds the grape Barbera to the blend and uses the classification Langhe DOC. However, his wines remain the flagship for Barolo and Barbaresco alike. “Getting to the top in any field is hard. Staying at the top is even harder. For all of the praise Angelo Gaja and his family have received over the years, they have earned and deserve every bit of it.” Antonio Galloni.

Available Wines

2011 Gaja, Sori Tildin, Barbaresco DOCG 6x75cl

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£1,350/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2013 Gaja, Sori Tildin, Barbaresco DOCG 6x75cl

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£1,400/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Gaja, Barbaresco 3x150cl

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£800/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Gaja, Barbaresco 3x150cl

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£820/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Gaja, Barbaresco 6x75cl

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£800/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate