The GD Vajra estate can be found in the highest village in the Barolo zone, Vergne. Created in 1972, the winery takes its name from Giuseppe Domenico Vajra. The family have been tending vines since the 1920’s. Today the 40 hectare estate is managed by Aldo and Milena. Although the line is blurred these days, the winery is considered “traditional”. The Barolo’s are macerated for 20 to 30 days, and matured in old Slavonian oak “botti” barrels. They have vineyard holdings in the communes of Fossati, Coste de Vergne and La Volta. Their prized plot in Bricco delle Viole was planted by Aldo’s father in 1947.
Pale barn-red in color, this wine displays the telltale aromas of classic Nebbiolo: cherry, rose, black tea, and spice. The lighter than average palate offers up ripe notes of sour cherry and prune, wrapped in fine grained tannins. The acidity is high. This is very easy going for a Nebbiolo. It is a great stand-in for when a Barolo or a Barbaresco would be too much… or too expensive.