Gaia Gaja, widely known as the “Queen of Barbaresco,” has been named the godmother of Silversea’s new ship, the Silver Moon. 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 fine Italian wine since 1859. As the ship’s godmother, Gaja will be honored with officially naming Silver Moon at a dedicated ceremony in Trieste on August 5.
From an early age, Gaja was encouraged to take an interest in all aspects of the winemaking process, and even had a wine named in her honor—Gaia & Rey Chardonnay—before she learned to walk. Today, along with her two siblings, Gaja is a guardian of her family’s legacy, which has fostered a reputation as a leading producer of fine Italian wines.
Silversea said that it chose Gaja to highlight its new culinary concept, S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste), which will launch with the new ship on August 6. Adapting with each sailed region, Silver Moon’s S.A.L.T. program will elevate the role of food and drink as a means to travel deeper into a destination by showcasing entire ecosystems around the culinary cultures of the world, the cruise line said. The program will incorporate experiences in the ship’s onboard culinary spaces – the S.A.L.T. Kitchen, the S.A.L.T. Lab, and the S.A.L.T. Bar – as well as shore excursions that will allow guests to experience food and drink cultures first-hand along with experts.