Ernesto Bajda Description
Ernesto “Nesti” Bajda, a name synonymous with innovation and expertise in the world of winemaking, has been a pivotal figure at Catena family’s vineyards since 2002. His journey in the wine industry began with a hands-on experience in the vineyards, where he developed a deep understanding of the intricate processes involved in viticulture. In 2005, Nesti’s career took a significant turn as he joined the research team, focusing on microvinifications to identify the prime locations within the family’s high-altitude vineyards for grape cultivation.
With over a dozen vintages to his name, Nesti has evolved into a winemaker with a rare blend of skills. His expertise extends beyond research and vineyard management; he possesses an exceptional knowledge of precision tools to discern variability in vineyards. Nesti believes this ability to pinpoint and understand variability is crucial to crafting outstanding wines. His educational background, with a degree in Agricultural Engineering specializing in Viticulture and Oenology from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, further solidifies his standing in the field.
Nesti’s talents, however, are not confined to the world of wines. He is also an accomplished opera performer, regularly participating in a male octet. His passion for opera is as profound as his love for winemaking. His favorite piece to perform is “Una Furtiva Lagrima” from Donizetti’s opera “L’Elisir d’Amore,” showcasing his versatility and depth as an artist.
Ernesto Bajda’s multifaceted persona – a skilled winemaker, a keen researcher, and an opera enthusiast – paints the picture of a man deeply engaged with his craft and his passions. His contributions to the Catena family vineyards reflect his commitment to excellence, both in the vineyards and on the stage. As he continues to blend artistry with science, Nesti remains a distinguished figure in the dynamic world of wine.