Located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, the Pieve Santa Restituta estate was acquired by the Gaja family in 1994. The estate’s original forty acres of vineyards are located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. The white, rocky soils of this area were abandoned by the share-cropper mezzadri farmers long ago: while other crops struggled in the rugged, nutrient-poor terrain of this area, it has proven ideal for the cultivation of grapes destined to become fine wine.
The estate takes its name from the parish church (Pieve in Italian) of Saint Restituta- Pieve Santa Restituta. The church on the Gaja family’s estate represents a truly unique example of medieval Christian architecture and art. The Gaja family has worked painstakingly to restore this beautiful and remarkable house of worship. The unique history of Pieve Santa Restituta is honoured on the label artwork for the estate wines.
In 2006, the Gaja family acquired an additional twenty five acres of southward facing vineyards in the north-eastern subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. GAJA also recently completed the installation of its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. The cellar lies below the ground and covers 4,000 square meters. It incorporated the existing cellar and was conceived so as to impact the environment as little as possible.