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At the top of the Italian wine world for over half a century, the winery of Angelo Gaja, born in 1859 in Barbaresco, in the heart of  Langhe, has founded its success on the fundamental principle of the pursuit of quality. Located in one of the most favorable regions for the production of great wines, Piedmont, where the Nebbiolo reigns, it has grown by developing the potential of the terroir through the passion and expertise of  Gaja family's members. Beginning with the grandfather, Angelo Gaja, who in the '60s has given way to the renewal of the tradition, by importing new production techniques such as felling of productivity, the introduction of controlled-temperature fermentation and the use of the barrel. The significant development of the winery takes place with Giovanni, widening the wealth of vineyards by purchasing even those who today represent the family jewels,  Sori San Lorenzo, Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Darmagi crus, from which Angelo then created  his masterpieces, namely the three namesakes Barbaresco and DOC Langhe Bordeaux blend. Giovanni Gaja was for his son a very important figure in the winery until 1983, but constantly at his side until his death in 2002. The whole family is involved in the supply chain; winery's dimensions are human, as well as its organization. Today the brand consists of  92 hectares of property conducted in full respect of nature and boasts a production of about 350,000 bottles a year. Gaja is not only Piedmont, but also Tuscany. In the mid 90s, the Gaja name was already popular in the world and the wines very much in demand; nevertheless Angelo did not want to increase production. He thought, therefore, to channel their own energy ela enthusiasm for another great wine region, Tuscany. And here focuses on two very strong lands in wine, Montalcino, which in 1994 bought the estate Pieve Santa Restituta, and Castagneto Carducci, in Bolgheri, home of the Sassicaia, where in 1996 he began an even more ambitious project by the name of Ca' Marcanda: 100 hectares of vineyards and a fully underground cellar, where ground above were planted 300 olive trees. This, too, as all of Gaja wine cellars, has been designed by Giovanni Bo architect and here come wines of Bordeaux blend but certainly not less than Barbaresco personality like Promis, Maagari and Camarcanda.