Investor overview

 Gaja has consistently flown the flag for Italian wine, pioneering what were once seemingly-radical viticulture ideas and blending traditional processes with a modern approach to create an impressive portfolio of wines that have pleased critics around the globe.

Given the size of production, Gaja could easily be classified as a medium-sized winery, but the family insists its approach is essentially artisanal. The estate is focused on quality, and is not afraid to declassify or sell off in bulk vintages that don’t meet its high standards, and its most sought-after wines are generally produced in relatively small quantities.

Its pricing, then, is ambitious, but the estate is on top form at the moment, with all of its top wines demonstrating steady value growth. The 2010 Barbaresco vintages in particular, which all received high 90s scores from Parker, have shown encouraging growth in the short time they’ve been on the market. The flagship Barbaresco – while starting at a lower price than its equally sought-after counterparts – grew 33% in value over 12 months since its release. The Sori Tildin, Costa Russi and Sori San Lorenzo all come in at higher prices, and demonstrated around 18% growth in the same period.

However, a slightly more affordable investment can be found in the estate’s Sperrs offerings. The 2007 vintage in particular – scoring an impressive 97 points from Parker – is showing year-on-year value growth for a lesser outlay than the trio of Barbarescos.