Luigi Baudana (Famiglia di G.D. Vajra)
Baudana is a family (Luigi and Fiorina), an estate, a hamlet, and a terroir located in the north-central Barolo growing area of Serralunga d’Alba.
“Baudana was purchased in 2008 by Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro Vajra, the children of Aldo and Milena Vajra, and is run as a separate property. These 2006 Barolos were made by Baudana, although the Vajras oversaw the final assembly and bottling of the wines. One of the big changes here has been a move towards a much more stringent selection when it comes to the single-vineyard Barolos. A new Barolo, the Serralunga, was created for the lots that don’t make the cut for the single-vineyard wines and now consists of fully two-thirds of the estate’s Barolo production. It is fairly obvious that the missing key to quality here was simply instituting a more disciplined approach to barrel selection. In a sense, Baudana may have never have had the desire or the ambition to bottle the outstanding wines his vineyards were clearly capable of. From here, things can only get better, and it will be fascinating to follow this re-born winery in the coming years as renewed focus is given to farming the vineyards and working in the cellar with more diligence than was the case in the past. Certainly the young Vajras could not have had better teachers, and the new Baudana is a terrific success story.”
– Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
For more information, please see: luigibaudana.it