Montalcino is a romantic, medieval town surrounded by hills and dense woods. The soil, altitude and lush topography make it the ideal home for the Sangiovese grape, and the area's celebrated Brunello di Montalcino wine.
In his quest for wines that are the highest expression of the land on which they are grown, Angelo Gaja set his sites on Tuscany. In 1994, Gaja acquired Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. This was his first venture outside the borders of his native Piedmont.
A "pieve" is a parish church, and the estate itself is named for the church that stands on the property. According to church records, wine has been produced here since the 12th century. With respect for the estate's heritage and an awareness of its great potential, GAJA improved the vineyards and renovated the winery.
The property's entire 40 acres have been dedicated to Sangiovese, perhaps the most well-known of the indigenous Italian grape varieties. These vineyards produce three Brunello di Montalcinos, including the single-vineyard Sugarille as well as Rennina, which is made made from three vineyards on the estate.