G.D. Vajra

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Background

Aldo Vaira's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo's father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such outstanding sites as Bricco delle Viole, Ravera, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne.

A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, such as long ageing in barrel for his Barolo, but combines this with new techniques, such as a judicious use of oak, to produce superbly elegant wines. This elegance, aligned with a vibrancy and depth derived from exemplary viticulture, gives wines of wonderful varietal character..

Inspiration

My inspirational wine

There isn't just one wine but the many wines I've tasted have both inspired me and help correct my style of winemaking. I do remember the first wine I drank which was a very tannic blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo made by my grandfather, Carlo. At the time, this tannic character was associated with whole bunch fermentation. Aldo Vajra.