Outspoken and pioneering, Angelo Gaja has done much to change the landscape of the wines of Barbaresco. He took over the reins of the family estate from his father Giovanni in 1970 and started his process of modernisation almost immediately. By the time of the 1978 vintage he replaced the traditional large bottle in favour of French barriques, a step which caused many heads to turn at the time. Today, the business is very much a family affair with his wife and children all playing a vital role in either winemaking, management or marketing of the estate’s wines. Mostly a red wine producer, Gaja also releases a white blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from estate grown fruit under the Langhe classification called Rossj-Bass. Aged in his characteristic barriques for approximately 6 months it has a rounded character supported by fresh acidity and ripe citrus fruit flavours. The red Sito Moresco’s blend of nebbiolo with cabernet sauvignon and merlot encapsulates Gaja’s maverick spirit with the use of the two latter varieties to give the wine its approachability in youth. Made under the Langhe classification too, it is a wine made with fruit drawn from both the Barolo and Barbaresco zones.