We are delighted to introduce the first wines of IDDA: the joint venture between Gaja and Graci on Etna, the highest active volcano of Europe.
Angelo has been intrigued with Etna since his friend, the oenologist Giacomo Tachis, first introduced him to its splendor in the late 90’s. In his mind, the powerful image of the mountain has always remained alive. Etna, the sleeping giant, sometimes awake, and often grumbling; a royal figure wearing snow as an ermine fur on its shoulders.
Without intimate knowledge of the region, Angelo would have never dreamed of starting a project on Etna. Moreover, at the time, he was quite busy with the new Pieve Santa Restituta project; in addition, Ca’Marcanda wines were just about to be released for their first vintage.
In 2015, Angelo Gaja and Alberto Graci met for the first time. As Angelo got to know Alberto and his family over time, their deep curiosity for their culture and land kept growing, and the desire of working together came naturally.
Toward the end of 2016, based on their mutual respect and love of the artisanal approach, they decided to form a joint venture, a first for both of their families.
“I believe that old age starts when the regrets are more than the dreams and Etna was something that I have been feeling under the skin for some time” says Angelo.