Sunscreen for the vines

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It seems that climate change, which is already beginning to harm the vines, has run into a winemaker who has found a solution, perhaps momentary, but the scorching summer in Napa (California) is beginning to worry winegrowers.

Aaron Pott, winemaker at the Quintessa winery, has developed a spray based on aloe vera and cassava in small quantities, in addition to organic fertilizer and ensures that it is a perfect sunscreen for his vineyards, for now he has shown that its fruits remain smooth like the skin of a baby.

With 150-250 grams of yucca and 300-400 of aloe vera gel (known for their ability to soothe skin excessively exposed to sunlight) per hectare mixed with a spray of organic compost, the vines and their fruits are sprayed , and being a completely diluted spray, when harvesting the grapes there is no residue. Pott is a well-known graduate who worked in wineries in Bordeaux and Chile and who uses a technique in which he grows the leaves of the vines to make them shade the grapes, and at the most critical moments he sprinkles them with cold water. Suffice it to add that their wines tend to get high marks in Wine Spectator magazine, with one of their bottles costing around $ 200 in restaurants.

The winemaker is committed to biodynamism, a form of agriculture that was developed around 1920 by the philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner and that rejects pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers.

There are several farmers who are considering the use of sunscreen on other crops, such as tomatoes, which are very sensitive to heat. But this will be seen once the first wine of this vintage has been tasted.

More information | El Mundo Vino More information | Univisión More information | Quintessa Directly to the Paladar | The main North American wine-growing areas in danger Direct to the Paladar | Wine in danger from climate change?

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