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About this Episode

In this special edition of CorkRules, Robert Tas interviews Gaia of Gaja Winery in Piedmont, northwestern Italy. Widely considered to be one of the greatest estates in the world, they have produced coveted and collectible labels and earned a reputation as winemakers who never compromise on quality. Robert and Gaia talk about the history of the vineyard, which spans five generations of winemakers, the regions, terroirs and varietals, why they are special to the vineyards, the family’s philosophy in winemaking, and what they are doing to deal with the impact of a changing climate. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 Conteisa Barolo DOP

  • 2020 Barbaresco DOP

  • 2020 Gaia Rey Langhe DOP

Transcript: Meet the “Queen of Barbaresco” Gaia Gaja from the legendary Gaja Winery



RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 


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Welcome to today’s podcast with my special guest,  Gaia Gaja, from the iconic Gaja vineyards. 5 Generations of wine making.


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RT: It was a pleasure meeting you in Aspen at the Food and Wine Classic where you hosted quite the tasting. Let’s start by talking about your family history, Giovanni who began making wine in 1859 and your father Angelo who is one of most revered wine makers ever.


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RT:  I read about your father’s focus on quality where he once sold off 12K cases of wine as bulk because he didn’t believe it was of quality.


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RT: Talk about your family’s philosophies for wine making and the business? Not buying grapes from anyone.  


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RT: Can you share some of the more controversial things your father did in wine making, trail blazing new approaches?


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RT: Talk about your land, the vineyard and nature? New vineyards you are cultivating? How you manage this?



RT: Let’s talk about you and your journey into wine. Working in the family business? Your brother?


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RT: Alright now let’s talk about your wines.


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RT: Tell us about your flagship Barbaresco? Barolo? Brunello? What makes your wines unique?


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RT: You also make a fabulous white?


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RT: What are you most proud of with your wine making?


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RT: Let’s talk about what you’re showing now? Current Vintages-releases.


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RT: Which wine is your favorite? Do you remember the wine that touched your soul?



RT: In speaking with you, I can feel your commitment to history but also innovation in wine making, please about it?


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RT: What does the future hold with weather, the industry, what are you seeing?


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RT: Do you see changes in the consumers? How do we get more young people into wine?




RT: Gaia, Thank you so much joining us here on CorkRules sharing your journey, your family history. We are so humbled to have you. 


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RT:  To our audience, thank you all for Joining us here on CorkRules.


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