"By now I have run out of superlatives for Vajra. Suffice it to say these are some of the finest, artisan wines being made in Piedmont today. At at time when prices for so many wines are skyrocketing out of control, Vajra's prices are a breath of fresh air...My only regret is not buying these wines more heavily in the past. 
- Antonio Galloni of Vinous (February, 2017)


G.D. Vajra has been on fire. The 2013 vintage in Piedmont for Barolo only magnfiies this fact. In the case of Vajra's contemporaries like Bartolo Mascarello and Giuseppe Rinaldi, their wines are nearly impossible to source, and when you do the pricing exceeds $300 per bottle. Vajra's top two Baroli offered today are still modestly priced under $100, and both are among the greatest insider wines of Barolo. In a vintage that has opened the floodgates of interest, today's offer of Bricco delle Viole and Ravera is not to be missed while these last.

Aldo and Milena Vaira bottled their first vintage in 1978 from vineyards planted by Aldo's father in 1948. Vajra's vineyards are set at the highest elevation in the commune of Barolo. From the start Aldo was heavily influenced by the traditional approach of his neighbors down the hill, Bartolo Mascarello and Beppe Rinaldi

The Vajra wines stand at a perfect intersection between two styles. Aldo has noted descriptions of the estate as "The most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists". Though traditional fermentation and aging is the common approach, the accessibility and seamless texture of the wines calls to mind modern sensibilities.

Bricco delle Viole was planted in 1949 and named for the abudance of violets (viole) that appear here each spring and the ridge (bricco) where the vineyard is located. The soil is composted of Tortonian mix of limestone and clay. The vineyard does not hold much heat in these very porous and rocky soils, and harvest often takes place two weeks after more protected vineyards in Barolo.

Ravera is one of Barolo's elite vineyards, known for producing wines built upon structure, energy, and wild perfume. The soil is also a mix of limestone and clay, but with substantial portions of sand and iron. Ravera offers an unrivaled opportunity to develop slowly in the cellar, and 2013 is a perfect example to watch unfold and transform.


If you would like to learn more about G.D. Vajra I highly recommend listening to the always indispensable work of Levi Dalton of I'll Drink To That, and his interview of Aldo and Giuseppe Vaira. 

2013 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera
$85 per bottle.

2013 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole
$90 per bottle.

2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo "Albe" 

$39 per bottle.
"Vajra crafts the Albe to be accessible young...The Albe is one of the very finest Barolos in its price range." - Antonio Galloni of Vinous

1x 2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 1.5L  
$114 per bottle

1x 2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 3.0L 
$239 per bottle.

2015 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 
$20 per bottle.

2013 G.D. Vajra Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba 
$30 per bottle.