In 1995, GAJA decided to purchase a second farm in the Barolo appellation, this time in the township of La Morra. Nearly all of the property’s vineyards lie in the famed Cerequio cru, widely recognized as one of the best-growing sites on the west side of the Barolo-Alba road. The location of the cru along the border between the townships of La Morra and Barolo (to the south) and its prized fruit made it one of the most coveted and “contended” in the appellation, with both townships vying for the greater surface area under their control. For this reason, GAJA decided to call the wine Conteisa, Piedmontese dialect for the Italian contesa, meaning the contended vineyard, and in 1996 bottled the first vintage.
Aroma: Persistent and floral with notes of rose petal, violet, dandelion, juniper, and incense.
Taste: On the palate, the pure essence of Cerequio leads to ripe and juicy fruit notes such as red cherry and red currant. Silky tannins and the bright acidity bring a harmonious and remarkable balance to this wine.
Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Alcohol percentage: 14.5%