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Gaia & Rey, Gaja

Gaia & Rey, Gaja




Straw-yellow in colour with a rich aroma of toast and vanilla.
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The Gaja family settled in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy in the mid-seventeenth century. Five generations of Gajas have been producing wines in Piedmont's Langhe hills since 1859, the year Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower, founded the Gaja Winery in Barbaresco.

The Langhe hills, with their steep slopes of calcareous clay, are home to the Nebbiolo grape and its long-lived wines of exceptional character: Barbaresco, Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo. For generations, classic Barbaresco and Barolo were made from Nebbiolo grapes from several vineyards. In the 1960s and 1970s, leading winemakers began to vinify Nebbiolo grapes from single vineyards separately.

Today, Gaja produces classic Barbaresco D.O.C.G. and Barolo D.O.C.G. (Dagromis) as well as five single vineyard Nebbiolo wines: Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi (from the Barbaresco district); Sperss and Conteisa (from the Barolo district). Gaja single-vineyard wines carried the Barbaresco or Barolo appellation until the 1995 vintage.

Beginning with the 1996 vintage, all of Gaja's single-vineyard Nebbiolo wines have been labelled Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C. The Gajas' conviction that the Langhe terroir can produce outstanding wines is reflected not only in their Nebbiolo-based wines, but also in the wines they produce from non-indigenous varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gaia and Rey is the first white wine ever produced by the Gaja family. Named for Angelo's daughter, Gaia, and his grandmother, Clotilde Rey, it is straw-yellow in colour with a rich aroma of toast and vanilla. The body offers a lively acidity and concentrated ripe fruit leading to a long, lingering finish.

"Gaja is one of the stars of the world wine scene, a producer that is widely credited with transforming not just the image and international reputation of its native Piedmont region, but of Italy as a whole. It has had a significant impact on the way that Italian wine is grown, made, priced, distributed and marketed. Gaja is one of a handful of fine wine brands that can compete with and charge the same prices as the top names of Burgundy and Bordeaux" - Tim Atkin MW
Winemaker's Winemaker Award - Angelo Gaja.
Given annually by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business since 2011, the award recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking and is chosen by a panel of winemaking peers that comprise all Masters of Wine who are winemakers, and the award's past winners.

Adrian Garforth MW, Chairman of the IMW said, "I cannot think of anybody more worthy of receiving this honour. Angelo has never been afraid to challenge conventions and norms, but always with the overwhelming commitment to the highest possible standards of quality in winemaking. Alongside his family, but also through the Istituto Grandi Marchi he continues to promote the highest standards of excellence, culture and tradition in Italian wine.

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This stunningly complex Chardonnay based wine needs substantial white meat, or even light game (Partridge) to pair with.

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