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Wine Spectator: Angelo & Gaia Gaja, Climate Change Challenge

Wine Spectator featured Gaia and Angelo Gaja in a wonderful video focused on how they are meeting the challenges that climate change poses for winemaking.

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“Angelo Gaja and his daughter Gaia share how their vineyard practices are changing with the climate. The enlightening –and humorous– presentation touches on compost, worms, vine moths, cypress trees, beehives, Pope Francis and, oh, so much more…”


Highlights of their remarks include: 

“The grape variety and the soil, in the life of the vineyard, stay the same,” Angelo began. “What changes are the climate conditions.” In recent years, he has seen the growing season start earlier, the ripening process quicken, harvest begin too early, vineyard pests become more problematic, and sugar and alcohol increase beyond their preferred levels.

“Today, we have to find new ways to keep our vineyard alive,” Gaia furthered. “Our knowledge and our experience are not enough anymore because changes are rapid, and we have to find new ways to make our vineyards adapt.”

 

Gaia Gaja Invited to Deliver Climate Change Presentation at Grounded Summit 2019

speaker_ggajaGaia Gaja was invited to speak at the 2019 Grounded Summit in Sonoma County, CA on March 21st. Gaia discussed her perspective on climate change and its effect on the wine industry. Gaia shared information on the work her family has been implementing in their vineyards. She also described the winemaking practices that the Gaja family has used to respond to both the good and bad effects of climate change.

The Grounded Summit is an intimate two-day event convening the world’s foremost climate change experts: scientists, activists, world leaders, artists, and business people to educate and share solutions to our climate crisis.

Grounded Summit 2019′ stated, “Fifth generation owner of Gaja winery in Barbaresco, and a second generation operator of Gaja Family Wine Estates, Gaia Gaja is renowned in Italy and worldwide for her reputation as an innovator and leader in quality winemaking. Over the past 15 years, the Gajas have focused their attention to studying ways to mitigate the effects of climate change in their vineyards throughout Piedmont & Tuscany.”

Click here for more information on the Grounded Summit and Gaia Gaja’s participation.  

 

 

 

 

Angelo Gaja Honored with Winemakers’ Winemaker Award at ProWein 2019

image001-6Angelo Gaja was honored at ProWein 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the prestigious Winemakers’ Winemaker award. Coverage of the event appeared in  The Drinks Business in the March 18, 2019 article Angelo Gaja Wins Winemakers’ Winemaker Award 2019 by Peter Schmitt.

“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.”

On receiving his award, Angelo Gaja said, “At the beginning of my career I looked at the Masters of Wine as a rare specialist club with an immense and unreachable culture. When we welcomed a group of MWs to Barbaresco in 1973, we offered them what we regarded as our best vintages. They spoke highly only about 1961 vintage – their opinions about the other vintages were severe. At first, I felt disheartened, but later I realised they were right. It was a useful lesson from which we took inspiration to regain clarity in our wines. Over the years, every time I’ve had a chance to meet an MW, I’ve always learned something new.”

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The Today Show Gifts Gaia & Rey Chardonnay to Kathie Lee Gifford

The Today Show recently featured Gaja “Gaia & Rey” Chardonnay in a special tribute to departing co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. It is her favorite wine in the world! The segment aired on March 13, 2019.

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“Wine expert and television host, Leslie Sbrocco, and Food and Wine‘s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle, raise a glass to TODAY’s wine-loving television legend Kathie Lee Gifford before she leaves in April. They’re honoring her with six red, white and pink picks to please her palate.”

“One of the great Chardonnays of the world, Gaia & Rey is the handiwork of legendary Piedmontese vintner Angelo Gaja, and named after his daughter Gaia Gaja. Admittedly, it’s extremely expensive, but its layers of citrus, melon, toast and minerals speak to its excellence — plus we hear it’s Kathie Lee’s favorite wine in the world, and who can argue with that?”

 

 

Wine Spectator Puts the Spotlight on Gaia Gaja and Giovanni Gaja

Wine Spectator recently featured Gaia and Giovanni Gaja in a wonderful video.

“Siblings Gaia and Giovanni Gaja of Piedmont’s Gaja winery share their first experiences tasting wine, what wine has taught them about life, and who their wine heroes are.”

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The 2015 GAJA Vintage Earns Exceptional Reviews & High Scores (91+) from Antonio Galloni of Vinous

Influential wine critic Antonio Galloni, founder of Vinous, wrote extensively about GAJA in October 2018. In addition to awarding wines from the 2015 vintage with stellar scores ranging from 91 to 96 points, Galloni praised the new generation of the Gaja family for their leadership.

Ognissanti (21)In his article Barbaresco – Out of the Shadows: The 2016s and 2015s, Galloni writes,“The young generation is very much in charge at Gaja. Parents Angelo and Lucia might stop by from time to time, but these days, Gaia, Rossana, and Giovanni Gaja are running the show. The 2015 Barbarescos are super-polished wines that capture all the best [the] vintage had to offer. The last few years have seen a pretty dramatic set of shifts at Gaja, starting with a move toward sustainable farming in the vineyards to an approach in winemaking that prizes finesse over size. The Gajas describe 2015 as a very warm vintage, especially in June and July, that had the fortune of being able to draw from hydric reserves that remained following rain and snow during winter. Most of the Nebbiolo was brought in between October 10 and 15.”

CR_DOP_NVGAJA Barbaresco Costa Russi 2015
96 Points
“The 2015 Barbaresco Costa Russi is once again striking in 2015. Vertical and lifted, with tremendous energy, the 2015 has so much to offer. Once the most easygoing of the three Barbaresco crus, Costa Russi has inched up in quality in recent years. The 2015 shows the suave mid-palate and raciness that is so typical of this wine, and yet it also has much more obvious structural underpinnings than once was the case. I can’t wait to see how it ages.”

ST_DOP_NVGaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 2015
95 Points
“The 2015 Barbaresco Sori Tildin is bright, perfumed and lifted in feel. Sori Tildin is always the most delicate of the single vineyard wines. In 2015, it is also a touch lithe. Bright red cherry, mint, pine and floral notes gradually develop in the glass. In two tastings, separated by about six weeks, the Sori Tildin was uncharacteristically austere and compact, its considerable character notwithstanding, Sori Tildin is usually a wine of sensuality, but I don’t see much of that at this admittedly early stage.”

Barbaresco NV_DOPGAJA Barbaresco 2015
94 Points
Gaja’s 2015 Barbaresco is gorgeous. Deep, pliant, and resonant, the 2015 exudes class from the very first taste. Today, the aromatics are not especially open or expressive, but it is the wine’s depth and overall sense of harmony that really carry the day. Hints of orange peel, spice, and rosewater give the 2015 an exotic aromatic top register that is hugely appealing. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gem. The 2015 is a wonderfully complete and harmonious wine, but it really does need a few years in the cellar to fully unwind.”

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GAJA Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 2015
94 Points
“The 2015 Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo is endowed with serious concentration and power. In 2015 some of the site signatures that make Sori San Lorenzo so distinctive are not especially apparent. It will be interesting to see how and when they develop. To be sure Sori San Lorenzo comes across as not fully put together and also somewhat in conflict with the approach that drives today’s GAJA wines.”

 

Darmagi Dop NVGAJA Darmagi 2015
91 Points
“The 2015 Darmagi (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is gracious, medium in body, and fragrant. In this vintage, Darmagi is decidedly medium in body, with more of a red-fruit leaning profile than in the past. Soft, silky, and inviting, the 2015 has a lot to offer. At the same time, the 2015, while attractive, is not as varietally expressive as it can be in the finest years.”

 

 

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Forbes: Gaja Sito Moresco 2015 Selected as Red Wine of the Week

Sito Moresco Dop NVForbes contributor Brian Freedman featured Gaja Sito Moresco 2015 in the October 5, 2018 article Wines of the Week: Wallet-Friendly Gems from Prosecco and Piedmont.

“My red Wine of the Week, then, is the Gaja Sito Moresco 2015, a beautiful blend of 35% Nebbiolo, 25% Barbera, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the Langhe, in Italy’s Piedmont region. The fruit comes specifically from Barbaresco, Treiso, and Serralunga d’Alba, and unlike Gaja’s remarkable single-vineyard reds, this one is meant to be enjoyed in its youth. It can be aged in proper cellar conditions for several years, but honestly, there is no reason to wait: It’s excellent already.”

“There is an almost smoky note on the nose, with tar and flowers joined by hints of leather, menthol, and plums. These precede flavors of black and red cherries, currant, a hint of freshly dug mushrooms, and peppercorn spice, all wrapping up with subtle licorice that lingers on the tongue. Vibrant acidity cuts through the silky texture, making this beautifully suited to enjoying at the table, as well as on its own.”

Wine Spectator: The Gaja Family on the Importance of Doubt

Ognissanti (21)Even one of Italy’s most famous wine families can never be certain that they know the best way to do everything. In fact, Gaia Gaja says, doubt plays a key role in her family’s philosophy. She explains why at the 2017 New York Wine Experience.

 

Gaia Gaja Discusses Viticulture and Her Role in the Family Business

Gaia Gaja of wine producer Gaja discusses viticulture philosophy and her role in the five-generation-old family business in this video.

Wine Spectator: Barolo Conteisa 2013 Awarded 92 Points

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“Densely woven with flavors of cherry, plum, earth and spice, this red starts out very tightly wrapped, relaxing and gaining richness with air. A touch dry on the finish, but overall balanced. Decant at least 3 hours now, or better yet, age another 5 years. Best from 2022 through 2038. 200 cases imported. ” – Bruce Sanderson