The winery in the Eger region of Hungary was founded in 1993 by the Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005), when he returned to his homeland after a long stay in Italy. The partners were Marchese Nicolo Incisa della Rochetta, the producer of the Sassicaia, and Burkard Bovensiepen, the owner of Alpina-BMW. Gál, Incisa and Alpina resulted in the company name "GIA". In 2002, after Alpina's departure, the US company Kobrand Corporation (a partner in one of the largest US wine trading companies) joined the company. Gál had earned his reputation as a top oenologist and consultant in Friuli, Piedmont and above all in Tuscany, where he worked for several years as cellar master at the Ornellaia Winery. He was also instrumental in the development of the Capaia Winery in South Africa, in which he held a small stake. Here he died in February 2005 in a car accident. Tibor Gál was described by a wine magazine as a "flying Hungarian wine magician".