We are incredibly lucky to have Giuseppe Vaira of G. D. Vajra joining us in store for a tasting evening. Giuseppe's father Aldo established G. D. Vajra in 1972 and is now one of the "Top 5 Italian Master Wine Makers." Giuseppe will guide us through a selection of some of their fantastic range including some of their delicious Barolo.
Venue: Aitken's, Hawkhill Court, Mid Wynd, Dundee, DD1 4JG
Date: Wednesday 23rd November
Duration: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours
Over 18s only
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About the Producer
G.D. Vajra is based in Barolo in Piemonte, North West Italy and produces incredibly well defined wines of great character which you notice immediately for their delectable aromas. This incredible style and perfume can be attributed to the situation and Organic agriculture of the vineyards. Aldo Vajra had a pioneering influence on the region introducing organic techniques in Barolo in the 1970s. From 2019 vintage his wines are now certified Organic.
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, Coste di Vergne and Coste di Rose. 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. His Barbera, scented, balanced and lively, is a classic, while his Dolcetto shows all the desirable characteristics – with none of the negatives – of this difficult variety. His Langhe Nebbiolo is a classically defined example of this variety that is unusually drinkable at such an early stage. The Barolo ‘Albe’ offers superb value and is ideal for early drinking. The rising star is the Barolo from Ravera. It is dark and brooding but displays the hallmark elegance of a G.D. Vajra wine. The single-vineyard Barolo ‘Coste di Rose’ is planted on soils with a higher proportion of sandstone, this east-facing site just outside Barolo expresses greatly defined aromatics, lifted by a fresh but balanced structure and fine tannins.
Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Not only was the wine first class, Giuseppe was an excellent story teller. His passion for the wine and his family was very evident and he delivered his talk in an informative and extremely entertaining manner. Many thanks.
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