Drinks Business has named Gaia Gaja one of the “top 50 most powerful women in wine” in its annual roundup.
Heiress to the Gaja wine dynasty, arguably Italy’s most famous fine wine estate, Gaia is the eldest daughter of the 72-year-old “King of Barbaresco” Angelo Gaja. She has been given increased responsibility at the family firm in the lead up to her father’s impending retirement. Involved with the day-to-day running of the Piedmont-based company, Gaia oversees the annual production of 350,000 bottles of Gaja’s 18 wines made across 100 hectares of vineyards in Barolo and Barbaresco, 27ha in Montalcino, and 110ha in Bolgheri. As charismatic as her famous father, Gaia studied economics in California before joining Gaja. She is becoming known as the face of the Gaja brand, representing the company at tastings and dinners around the world.