Barolo Wine Dinner – The G D Vajra Family Estate in Piedmont

G.D.VajraWednesday 12th October 2016,
7.00pm for 7.30pm

We are pleased to welcome the daughter of the owner and winemaker of this distinctive estate, some 400m above sea level, to introduce a selection we have made together of their wines,  wines prized for their finesse, elegance, leanness, purity, delicate perfumes, small yield and rarified quality.

Francesca Vajra
Barolo, Piemonte
Head Chef – Kenneth Culhane

Menu and Wines

Coconut husk smoked pineapple
Parmesan, tobiko, white chocolate
Langhe Bianco “Dragon”, Luigi Baudana 2015
Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Riesling, nascetta

Fiore di Carciofi pasta, porcini ragù, Jerusalem artichoke skin gremolata
Langhe Freisa “Kye” 2012

Hand dived Orkney scallop, smoked bacon velouté, sour plum ciabatta
Smoked Belle de Fontenay potato velouté, kombu roast pumkin, sour plum ciabatta
Langhe Rosso Pinot Nero “PN Q497” 2013

Salmi of partridge, Hamburg muscat grape, salsify, chanterelle mushrooms
Pot au feu of purple artichoke, Hamburg muscat grape, salsify, chanterelle mushrooms
Barolo “Bricco delle Viole” 2011

Childhood memories
Moscato d’Asti 2015

Petits fours

Some dishes may contain traces of nuts / Vegetarian menu in grey
Food Allergies and Intolerances: Before you order your food and drinks please speak to our staff if you have an allergy and want to know about our ingredients

All wines will be served in 100ml measures
£95.00 per person
By reservation
(£50 per person deposit payable on booking)


07967 481 625


Aldo Vaira’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo.

G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, such as long ageing in barrel for his Barolo, but combines this with new techniques, such as a judicious use of oak, to produce superbly elegant wines. This elegance, aligned with a vibrancy and depth derived from exemplary viticulture, gives wines of wonderful varietal character.

For this dinner we have selected some wonderful and varied wines from the portfolio, including a delightful white blend to serve as aperitif, an indigenous varietal Freisa which displays a ripeness and intensity in great contrast to the other wines. Then Pinot Nero – vibrant yet austere, and expressive of the soils from which it is grown – followed by Vajra’s masterpiece, the single vineyard ‘Bricco delle Viole’ – intense, powerful yet elegant and refined. The dinner will finish with the celebratory Moscato d’Asti – a refreshing juxtaposition to the complex and challenging red wines.

Unlike the powerful wines of Serralunga or Monforte, Vajra’s wines, particularly the reds, have a Burgundian intensity and a purity of flavour that makes them stand out in Barolo.