The Aja agricultural company was acquired in 1979 by the brothers Angelo and Ugo Contrino.
Coming from Milan, both engineers, they were left amazed by the extraordinary beauty of the places visited for professional reasons, they undertook a project that has fascinated and involved them for almost four decades. At the time, the company only owned the edifices and vineyards, the cellar did not exist. With a great will to learn and the passion of planners/constructors, the two founding partners have structured in the course of the years a company featuring all the spaces and the necessary equipment for the production of a wine that has always been distinguished for its constant quality over the years.
The company has grown also thanks to the precious and irreplaceable work of trusted collaborators with great experience who follow, day by day, the birth and the evolution of a product that is increasingly appreciated and recognized, in a continuous search for qualitative improvement.
WHO ARE WE
Even keeping the professional activity in Milan, where the owners still manage a Firm of Engineering and Architecture, the second generation, represented by the cousins Marco and Roberta Contrino, carries on with an unchanged passion the work started by Angelo and Ugo.
The management and running of a small high-end company as Podere l’Aja would not be possible without the choral work of a team of trusted collaborators and expert specialists.
Marco Contrino, Engineer: Manager, he takes care of the business strategy and of the accounts.
Roberta Contrino, Architect: General Manager, she carries out the business strategy and the company’s coordination; she takes care of the packaging, the graphic design and interior design, receiving the inheritance of her parents Angelo Contrino e Laura Fosti.
Lorenza Rosi: Sales Director, she takes care of the administrative aspects and the relations with the suppliers and customers.
Romano Buzzegoli: the spirit of Podere l’Aja: born and grown here, he learned from his father Giovanni, the first farmer of the company. He takes care of each plant as though they were his children, he has an eye for all and the wisdom of ancient practices.
Tommaso Sirsi: Oenologist, in charge of the cellar, he carries within himself new knowledge and techniques of vanguard, in the respect of ancient traditions.
Natale (called Raffaele) Grossi: untiring aid farmer.
Federico Staderini: the Podere l’Aja oenologist does not need presentations. Dante of the wine: artist/craftsman of the Chianti territory, with his talent he creates wines of great harmony and unique character. He guides and supports, advises and warns. He delights with his stories and metaphors.
Morena, Chiara, Carmela: : they give a hand when and where it is needed in the Podere l’Aja: maintenance of the garden and open spaces, cleaning, preparation of the tools and furnitures with a great efficiency.
Agostoli Firm: Team that helps us with every technical aspect of the vineyard’s management.