This iconic Piedmont estate was launched in the 1850s by Giovanni Gaja when he settled in the village of Barbaresco. Four generations later, Angelo Gaja took over the family business in 1961, and made some of the most fundamental changes to the estate that have resulted in its current superb reputation.
These include being one of the first in the region to introduce cool fermentation, introducing oak ageing for all of his red wines, creating a range of excellent single-vineyard wines and planting international varieties such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. He has since established himself as one of Italy's finest and most highly renowned winemakers.
As well as 100 hectares in Piedmont, mostly located in Barbaresco and Barolo, Gaja also has roughly the same number of hectares across two separate properties in Tuscany, where the family produces Supertuscans and Brunello di Montalcino.
Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented in stainless-steel tanks, before spending varying amounts of time in French oak depending on the wine and the vintage.
Angelo is now assisted by his wife, two sons and daughter Gaia, who share his enthusiasm and quest for perfection.