The name, from the winery name Ca’Marcanda, is a Piedmontese term for “house of endless negotiations”, in reference to long-lasting period it took to persuade the previous owners to sell the estate. The vineyard is from one of the stoniest sites of the Ca’Marcanda estate, 100% terre bianche.
In 1994 Gaja acquired its first property in Toscana, Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. The property’s 16 hectares (40 acres) of vineyards producing two wines that are Brunello di Montalcino, with exceptions such as in 2005 which was estimated by Gaja as a lesser vintage, and a single Brunello was produced.
Having purchased grapes from Serralunga for the Gaja Barolo until 1961, this ceased with the decision to produce only from estate-owned vineyards. In 1988, Gaja bought the vineyard. The name is Piedmontese for “nostalgia”, indicating a longing to return to the making of Barolo after several years of absence.