The history of winery Gaja begins in 1859, the year in which Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower in Barbaresco, Piedmont, founded a wine company under his own name.
Angelo Gaja, from 1961 in the company, is one of the wine producers who has ensured that Piedmont became famous in the international wine world. He did this entirely quirky and contemporary by following his own insights. He planted international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and was part of the Super Toscans in the 80s and 90s.
The Super Toscans consisted of a group of winemakers who did not conform to Italian wine legislation at the time. He also reduced the yield per hectare by as much as half the number of permitted liters. The results are spectacular and Gaja conquers the world with his beautiful Barbaresco’s, the company's showpiece. The Nebbiolo grapes for the Barbaresco of Gaja were traditionally from 14 different vineyards. Daughters Gaia and Rosanna, now the fifth generation, of Angelo Gaja are now slowly taking over. Together with their brother Giovanni, they continue the family tradition to make exceptionally beautiful wines. They share the same values as those of their father and they work enthusiastically on innovative ideas to guarantee the quality of the wines on a continuous basis. In his time, Angelo did not want to conform to what he considered to be the Italian system of designations of origin. He had he declassify the Single Vineyard wines, these were Sori Tildin, Costa Russi, Sori San Lorenzo, Sperss and Conteisa since he added a small percentage of barbera to the wines. His children have decided to only work with nebbiolo grapes for the Single Vineyard wines in the future. Because the wines are now made from 100% nebbiolo, the name Barbaresco and Barolo came back on the label.