Gaia Gaja has been named as the godmother of Silversea’s new ship Silver Moon. Gaja will officially name Silver Moon at a dedicated ceremony in Trieste, Italy, on 5 August 2020.
Known as the ‘Queen of Barbaresco,’ Gaja is of the fifth generation to own and manage the renowned Gaja winery in the small Italian town of Barbaresco. Gaja was encouraged to take an interest in all aspects of the winemaking process from an early age. Along with her two siblings, Gaja guards her family’s reputation as a leading producer of fine Italian wines.
“I feel great pride and honour to have been selected by Silversea Cruises as the godmother of the beautiful Silver Moon,” said 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 SALT, the ship’s innovative culinary offering. My own experience with winemaking has taught me that culinary discovery possesses limitless potential; here’s to the curious travellers who seek to unlock it.”
Gaja’s deeply-rooted connection with Italian culinary culture influenced her selection as godmother for Silver Moon. The choice aligns with Silversea’s new culinary concept, SALT (Sea and Land Taste), which will launch with the ship on 6 August 2020.
Adapting with each sailed region, the SALT programme on Silver Moon will feature food and drink selections inspired by the destination. In the SALT Kitchen, the SALT Lab and the SALT Bar on board, guests will be familiarised with regional ingredients and culinary customs, before venturing ashore under the guidance of experts to experience food and drink cultures first-hand. As part of Silversea’s new culinary programme, culinary experts from around the world – like Gaja – will use storytelling to form meaningful connections between Silversea’s guests and the places, cultures and communities they visit during their cruise.
“Our new SALT programme reflects our commitment to engaging with the places we travel through the lens of food, wine and culinary culture,” said 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. I’m delighted she’ll be involved as godmother, sharing her family’s vision of great taste as we begin this new journey aboard Silver Moon.”
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