Piedmont’s Gianni Gagliardo family wine estate was originally started by Paola Colla, a fourth-generation winegrower. In the 1950s, Paolo moved his operation to La Morra in the historical heart of the Barolo zone. Paolo’s son-in-law, Gianni Gagliardo, joined the modest family concern in 1974, and by 1986 had become the sole proprietor. With the birth of his third son, Gianni made the decision to change the name of the company from ‘Paola Colla’ to Gianni Gagliardo.
A momentous period for the company, the name change precipitated a change in direction and style of wine. Old casks were replaced with new small French barrels and, significantly, it introduced two top-of-the-line Barolos, Batie and Preve.
Gagliardo is a family affair; Gianni’s two eldest sons are involved in the everyday operations. Stefano assists Gianni with winemaking and brother Alberto manages the family’s 30 hectares of vineyards. These vineyards are the major source of Gianni Gagliardo’s Barolos. The company’s reputation is based on these outstanding expressions, but it also makes an excellent range of classic Piedmont wines that are among the best in the region.