Gaja, Angelo



  • Piedmont’s most famous, innovative and respected wine producer and an Italian who has travelled the world for decades promoting the wines of Barbaresco and Barolo with almost missionary zeal. He pioneered the method of maturing Italian wines in small oak barrels and has even planted Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in his vineyards. His wines are opulent, intense, powerful, and expensive. When Gaja introduced Cabernet Sauvignon to Piedmont he named it Darmagi, local dialect for ‘What a pity’, which is what his father said every time he walked past the Cabernet Sauvignon vines that had replaced the native Nebbiolo.