Just last week I had the pleasure of joining the ever-dynamic Gaia Gaja at her family’s Tuscany property for a tasting of of her wines both old and new. The Pieve S. Restituta winery, situated in the rolling hills outside of Montalcino, is home to a 16 hectare vineyard with a small church at its centre.
While this wasn’t the first time that I had been led through a tasting by Gaia, her dedication, passion, and sprightly sense of humour impressed me just as much upon this occasion as they had upon our inaugural meeting some years ago.
In Piemonte her father’s wines are occasionally criticised for being extremely contemporary, but this is only in comparison to the many ultra-traditional wineries that surround them in that region. Compared to most New World practices, Angelo Gaja’s winemaking process is positively archaic, and the results speak for themselves, being critically lauded the world over.
Although famously rooted in Barbaresco, Piemonte, Gaia’s family’s endeavours in Tuscany are certainly not to be overlooked by any means. Rooted in the same philosophies as their Piemontese wines, Gaja Brunellos are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
After our personal tasting and a quick tour of the property, I somehow managed to wrangle her into an interview about her excellent Tuscan wines.
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And yes, sometimes my job is simply the best.