Aldo Vajra – il pio bove

28 Jan
2011

The agronomist and enologist himself, Aldo Vajra – Photograph by Gio Martorana

“It may be because I’m Taurus, an earth sign, and perhaps in that starry sky of 1953 it was written that my character would be somewhat stubborn, pernickety, and I would like good food, slow and relaxing atmospheres and reading in front of an open fire. Lazy and robust but also as active and strong as the land I love to work.

Over the past twenty years I’ve always sought the role of a simple craftsman of wine, oriented toward the continuous search for a profitable collaboration with nature who is the true artist, the only one capable of creating unique, unrepeatable wines that are different from one year to the next. It’s an ongoing research that I still haven’t concluded, with moments of joy and moments of consternation, especially when there is adverse weather that I can do nothing about.

Now and then I pause to look at my land and I observe the vineyards which, like me, have changed: today I see them differently, just as my approach to nature is different. But what haven’t changed for me in these years are certain needs for interior clarity, authenticity and transparency that I carry within me. Maybe the need to look at the world with placid and peaceful eyes, no longer those of an impetuous “bull” but, in Carducci’s words, of a patient pio bove (pious ox) silently ruminating on the lush grass and enjoying the tranquil moments that life brings.”

ALDO VAJRA – “Piemonte…noblewoman of wine” by Andrea Zanfi 2005

Vajra Whites:

Langhe Bianco DOC (Riesling Bianco 100%)

Moscato d’Asti DOCG (Moscato 100%)

Vajra Reds:

Barolo DOCG Albe (Nebbiolo 100%)

Barolo DOCG Bricco delle Viole (Nebbiolo 100%)

Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati (Dolcetto 100%)

Langhe Nebbiolo DOC (Nebbiolo 100%)

Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore Bricco delle Viole (Barbera 100%)

Available at Enoteca Sileno, Carlton, Melbourne

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