The Vajra family has farmed Bricco delle Viole, the highest cru in Comune di Barolo, since the XVII century, and owned parcels there since the late 1880s.
At the young age of fifteen, Aldo Vajra embraced the dream to revive his family legacy. Displaying a vision and commitment belying his young age, he took over the estate in 1968, turning a new page.
Aldo soon acquired the first organic certification of the region (1971), created private biotype selections (selezioni massali) of Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, pioneered the renaissance of Freisa (a noble yet forgotten local grape, in 1980) and the cultivation of Rhine Riesling in Piemonte (1985).
Aldo married Milena in 1984. Their love propelled many more dreams and is the underlying strength of G.D. Vajra.
Today, the Vajra family continues the vineyard research focusing on the influence of soil and climate change. The winery is trail-blazing the rediscovery of Chiaretto di Nebbiolo and the wines of the 17th century through two limited-production wines: “N.S. della Neve” (a champagne-method rosé) and “Claré JC”, a partial whole-cluster Nebbiolo.
High elevation vineyards are a unique factor to the Vajra wines, for their ability to express finesse and remarkable complexity over power. Dolcetto Coste&Fossati and Barbera d’Alba Superiore are a testament of the Vajras’ love for the native grapes, thus dedicating top vineyards to these amazing varietals.
Attention to detail and humility towards nature, uncompromised efforts and humanity: so are Aldo and Milena, now joined by their energetic children Giuseppe, Francesca and Isidoro, and by an amazing team of young professionals, in their quest for an authentic sense of place into the wines.
G.D. Vajra is an independent winery, entirely family-owned.