The second generation of the Vaira family are churning out some of the most delicious wines in Piedmont. Whilst their Barolo are on point, classically styled and very good value, it is their suite of early drinking styles from their 25 hectare of vineyard in and around the region that have a tonne of appeal.
Vajra was established in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vaira, reclaiming family vineyard land during a period where many were leaving the region. Their commitment to quality has been rewarded and the winery is now run by their three charismatic and charming children Giuseppe, Francesca and Isidoro.
Vajra's Langhe Rosso is a unique blend of six of Piedmont's red varieties. Nebbiolo is the key here, providing bright red fruits, structure and freshness. Then there is Barbera which delivers juiciness and an intense core of flavour with a darker edge; followed by Dolcetto giving fragrance and perfume. Other varieties are Pinot Noir, Freisa and Albarosso which all play a supporting act.
The combination results in a bright, crunchy, juicy, early drinking Italian red with plenty of flavour and personality. There is loads of fresh red berry, red cherry, blueberry, pine and fresh herb flavours. According the Vajra crew, "we desire this to be a true introduction to Piemonte, an expression of authenticity and a gorgeous food pairing". It's a perfect Italian rosso for pizza nights, anti pasta plates, charcuterie and simple pastas. Drink this one over the next two years while it is still in its youth and has all its freshness and flavour.
We hope you enjoy.
Tom and Dan