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Barolo Baudana, Luigi Baudana (Vajra) - 2018

  • Provenance: Piedmont
  • Appellation: Barolo
  • Domain: G.D. Vajra
  • Grape variety(ies): Nebbiolo
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14.5%
The first thing that strikes you about this great, racy Barolo is the lightness of its colour and its translucency, which gives no indication of what is to come! Pure cherry and plum on the nose, with balsamic, spice, eucalyptus, liquorice and graphite aromas. Fat yet subtle tannins, for a smooth, fleshy wine. The unique composition of the blue clay terroir gives a Barolo of elegant power! Jancis Robinson: 17+/20; Vinous: 93/100; Wine Advocate: 92/100
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This wine is the result of the collaboration between Luigi Budana and the Vajra family, who bought his estate to give it a new impetus and to expand its portfolio of Barolos from the south of the appellation.


Maceration for 30-40 days, temperature control, traditional vinification, fermentation with indigenous yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation during the first year, and 42 months' ageing in 25-50 hl Slovenian tuns. The resulting wine is undoubtedly one of the most elegant, complex and refined Barolos to be tasted to date, often with typical floral notes.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Maccheroni with truffles - Risotto with boletus - Confit veal shank with gremolata sauce - Cheese.


In 1972, Aldo Vaira (Vaira is the family name, Vajra the winery name) made a controversial decision to leave Turin to found the G.D. Vajra winery in the hamlet of Vergne, in the hills above the village of Barolo. At the time, most Piedmontese were leaving the countryside for the city in search of a better life; but he, born in Turin, had fallen in love with the profession of winegrower a few years earlier when his father sent him to spend the summer in the country, after he had shown a passing interest in the protest movements that were gaining momentum in Turin at the end of the 1960s. Thus one temporary rebellion led to a more permanent one; and although the family had owned vineyards in the area for several generations, wines were first bottled under the Vajra name in the 1970s. The initials "G.D." stand for Giuseppe Domenico, Aldo Vajra's father, who signed the founding papers of the estate in 1972, Aldo himself being a minor at the time. 

In the beginning, Aldo and his wife Milena ran the winery on nights and weekends, while Aldo taught viticulture at the University of Alba. Over time, they expanded the estate to about 40 hectares, which is now cultivated in a sustainable manner. From the beginning, G.D. Vajra has been a family...


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