Angelo Gaja established his estate in Castagneto Carducci just south of the medieval town of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast in 1996. The protract- ed negociations for the estate led Gaja to call it Ca’ Marcanda, which is a Piemonte dialect phrase meaning “house of endless negotiations”. Bolgheri is a recent addition to range of Italian wines where winemaking only really got going in the 1980s with the DOC being awarded in 1994. But it is now regarded as one of the premium winemaking regions of Italy. The first vintage of Vistamare was 2009.