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G.D. Vajra Barbera d`Alba

Langhe, Piemonte

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vajra’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes...

These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 40 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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The grapes were grown in six different vineyards from three different areas.  Four vineyards are in Barolo, on chalky, Tortonian soils, facing either south-east or south-west, with vines planted between 1968 and 2004. Here the chalky soil results in delicately aromatic wines, with high acidity and red berry characters.  The two vineyards planted in Novello and Sinio are on Helvetian soils, giving wines with ripe, black fruit characters, balsam and minerality, with firmer tannins.  The Novello vineyard, called Piedicucche, produces the fleshiest wines whereas the Bertone vineyard, in Sinio, gives wines with the darkest, most graphite aromas.

Vintage information

Production in Piemonte in 2011 was 10% down on 2010 levels. Reports are of light-filled, sunny days and higher than normal temperatures, interspersed by sporadic rainfall. The harvest was early for all Piemontese varieties, starting on 18th August with the white grapes and finishing as early as the first week of October.


The grapes were hand-picked and sorted. Fermentation and maceration then took place in stainless steel and lasted two weeks, with regular pumping over. Temperatures were not controlled, but did not exceed 31°C. The wine was then aged for 14-16 months in French and Slovenian oak.   

Tasting Notes

A violet red colour alludes to sweet dark fruits giving this wine a refined elegance. Powerful and rich on the nose, it is concentrated and smooth: floral and fruity while leaving room for hay, tobacco and spices. On the palate, black fruits are layered over mineral graphite notes.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Barbera
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7g/l
Wine pH 3.55