G.D. Vajra Ravera Barolo

G.D. Vajra Ravera Barolo

G.D. Vajra

Regular price $199.00 Sale


In the early 1970s, while many Piedmontese country residents were leaving rural areas to find work in larger cities, Aldo and Milena Vaira were establishing their vineyard and winery, G.D. Vajra, in the town of Vergne, within the commune of Barolo. Today, their son Giuseppe Vaira, who obtained an Oenology degree, runs the winery. Together with his siblings, they are dedicated to upholding traditional practices and respect for the land while also demonstrating innovation and forward-thinking. You may be wondering why their label is called 'G.D Vajra', and their surname is Vaira; that is an ode to a printing error that was made back in the 1920s that led to much confusion about the spelling of their surname. 

G.D Vajra is praised within the wine industry for making compelling Barolos, including a very popular 'value for money option' in their ‘Albe’ bottling, as well as exceptional examples of all the Piedmontese locals like Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Rosso, Langhe Nebbiolo, and also some whites. The G.D Vajra name is synonymous with exceptional quality and value, prestige, and, unfortunately, rarity. Sitting proudly at the top of the table with other heavy hitters like Massolino, G.B Burtollo, and Vietti. 

Tasting Note 

Ravera, located within the commune of Novello, lies to the south of the town of Barolo. Being one of the largest crus of Barolo, Ravera has varied soil composition and some sections are situated at 480 metres above sea level. Vajra's vineyards are located in the southern amphitheatre at 340 metres above sea level, featuring a combination of sandstone and clay soil. Renowned for producing bright, fruit-forward wines with excellent ageing potential, the 2020 release is no exception, offering flavours of juicy red berry fruit, orange zest, dried rose petals, and hints of menthol. Vinification in stainless steel took 59 days before being moved to large old Slavonian oak for 28 months before release. 

“Cherry, plum, menthol and mint, kind of earthy too. It’s a bold wine, a lot of earth and rugged tannic impact, something of bold offering, black tea and orange peel, chalky tannin grip, with a bright acidity, and a sweet core of fruit, and a very firm finish of very good length. It’ll be interesting to see how this wine lands with considered bottle age, either way, it’s not a wine for now.” - Gary Walsh- The Wine Front 94 Points