Queen of Barbaresco to serve as Silver Moon godmother

Gaia Gaja is the fifth generation owner of Gaja Winery

Silversea Cruises has revealed the Godmother of its next ultra-luxury cruise ship, Silver Moon, will be Gaia Gaja. Known as the ‘Queen of Barbareso’, Gaja is of the fifth generation to own and manage the renowned Gaja winery in the small Italian town of Barbaresco – a family-run business and producer of Italian wine since 1859.

As the ship’s Godmother, Gaja will be honoured with officially naming Silver Moon at a dedicated ceremony in Trieste on 5 August, 2020.

Silver Moon is the next ship to join the Silversea Cruises' fleet

Gaja was encouraged to take an interest in all aspects of the winemaking process from an early age, and even had a wine named in her honour – Gaia & Rey Chardonnay – before she learned to walk. Today, along with her two siblings, Gaja is a guardian of her family’s illustrious legacy, which has fostered an internationally acclaimed reputation as a leading producer of fine Italian wines.

The success of the Gaja Winery is predicated on a longstanding synergy between traditional knowledge and pioneering innovation, which stands true for the leading ultra-luxury cruise line.

“I feel great pride and honour to have been selected by Silversea Cruises as the Godmother of the beautiful Silver Moon,” says Gaia Gaja. “I passionately believe that food and drink facilitate profound discovery—into destinations, cultures and people—and that guests will nurture strong connections with amazing destinations as a result of S.A.L.T., the ship’s innovative culinary offering. My own experience with wine making has taught me that culinary discovery possesses limitless potential; here’s to the curious travellers who seek to unlock it.”

“Our new S.A.L.T. programme reflects our commitment to engaging with the places we travel through the lens of food, wine and culinary culture,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman.

“Given this culinary focus and Silver Moon’s proud Italian heritage, I can’t think of a better Godmother than Gaia Gaja who personifies Italian elegance, innovation and good taste. Like our cruise line, Gaia represents a lineage of excellence rooted in tradition and propelled by a forward-thinking, restless pursuit of innovation,” Lefebvre said.

Lead image credit: © Tim Atkin

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