First year of production: 1859
Property: Gaja family
Address: The company is located in the center of the municipality of Barbaresco
With Angelo Gaja at the end of the seventies at the helm of the family business, for the first time the noblest reds of Langa tried to define themselves in a radically new way, resolutely separating themselves from the past and writing another successful chapter. Barolo and Barbaresco, historically the representative Italian wines, those to be consumed only on great anniversaries, were experiencing difficult seasons in times of economic boom, in a society that was beginning to embrace well-being and changing its skin also in terms of taste. It was no coincidence that in foreign markets the Piedmontese top wines had always paid duty to the French ones - it should be emphasized, the latter with a very long history - and now also to those of the New World, who introjected the lesson of French enology and tried to take it to extremes features. The reds of Langa therefore austere and difficult until it happened that the young Angelo entered with a straight leg in the production choices of the home company, re-founding the agronomic-oenological creed. Extreme pruning in the vineyard, obsessive attention to work in the cellar and to contribute decisively to this turning point, the use of the barrique also helped him, which allowed him to get out of the stylistic gap between us and the rest of the world of wine at great speed. mattered. Thus the aesthetic basis of the new wave of Langhe was outlined, the most ingenious, the one that alongside the sumptuous Nebbiolo had flanked Chardonnay and Cabernet vineyards, to create boldly modern labels that could turn the international spotlight on a small village in Piedmont, unknown to more. Was it still the noble wine of Langa? Of course yes, refined in the fullest sense of the term, precisely because, by exploring new expressive ways, he defined his new nature of unicum. Today Barbaresco and Barolo are definitely on the crest of the wave and in many ways the credit must be attributed to Angelo Gaja, the man who rediscovered, enhanced and reinvented the tradition of Italian wine.