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Langhe nebbiolo, Vajra - 2021

  • Provenance: Piedmont
  • Appellation: Langhe
  • Domain: G.D. Vajra
  • Grape variety(ies): Nebbiolo
  • On-call time: 6 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
Year after year, this wine is a model of its kind and a pure and unadulterated expression of the grape variety picked at its ideal ripeness. It has a characteristic aromatic palette with notes of spicy strawberry, enhanced by balsamic nuances. Very good body, smooth and melting, with perfectly ripe and well-tuned tannins. The wine is immediately good and is best served at 18°.
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This wine comes from young nebbiolo vines in the communes of Barolo and Novello, on light, limestone soils. The vines of Roccabella, in the commune of Sinio, are added to the vineyard, facing south. Guyot cultivation, natural grassing, green harvesting if necessary.


Maceration for 15 days with temperature control, fermentation via indigenous yeasts, natural malolactics, and 6 months maturation in stainless steel vats to preserve the finesse and fruit.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Carne cruda (veal tartar) - Spit roast pork - 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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