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Climate Change and the 2019 GAJA Harvest

GAJA is an established leader in addressing the urgent issue of climate change and its impact on winemaking. Their vineyard practices have evolved to include several innovative measures that mitigate the effects of a dramatically changing climate.

In 2015, Wine Spectator reported on their approach and said, “The Gajas are proactively facing these new challenges, working with vineyard consultants, improving soils by switching from manure to compost (aided by California red worms) and combatting pests such as moths by disrupting their mating with pheromones instead of relying on pesticides. They’ve increased biodiversity on their Piedmont estate as well, planting cypress trees and cultivating bees.”

GAJA’s efforts have proven very effective. The following photos, taken during the 2019 harvest season, show that in spite of the challenges created by climate change, GAJA’s vineyards are healthy and continue to yield grapes of exceptional quality.

IMG_4808Giorgio Culasso, GAJA’s vineyard manager, discusses climate change and its impact on the 2019 harvest.

IMG_4875This stunning view from the top of the SPERSS vineyard was taken 10 days before the start of harvest. GAJA purchased this 30-acre vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba in 1988. Sperss is a term affectionately used to denote nostalgia for precious things lost with time.

IMG_4882Nebbiolo grapes from the SPERSS vineyard will be used to make GAJA SPERSS Barolo.

IMG_4817Gaia Gaja takes a closer look at the Nebbiolo grapes in the Sori San Lorenzo vineyard.

IMG_4824The Nebbiolo is progressing nicely but the grapes still need a bit more time on the vine to gain color. They will be ready to harvest in about 10 days.

IMG_4814IMG_4815As seen in Sori San Lorenzo, GAJA embraces biodiversity as an important technique in managing the impact of climate change.

IMG_4846-2The GAJA family is always looking towards the future. Plans are underway to build a winery on this land in Alta Langhe.

IMG_4849IMG_4840In Alta Langhe, fields where hazelnut trees once grew are now planted to fava beans. Fava naturally enriches the soil with nitrogen, which is crucial for vines.