Taking technology to the vineyard
Winemaking is a tale as old as time. In Bordeaux, it dates back as far as the ancient Romans around 60 BC. For generations, families and producers have studied the intricate and delicate nature of perfecting wine, cultivated the land, tended grapes, and put in endless hours of dedication to their vineyards.
But, it’s 2019. And with the progression of time, comes whip-smart technology that brings years of winemaking expertise to the forefront of automation, and ultimately, true perfection.
Let’s explore three unique technological innovations that are advancing the way we think about winemaking today.
Predicting, tracking, and getting ahead of unexpected weather is a key component for winemakers. The Picovale Weather Station takes a lot of the guesswork out of outsmarting the weather, and puts winemakers at ease. This intelligent Weather Station can alert winemakers to upcoming weather events, such as a dreaded frost, so winemakers can spend less time worrying, and more time being proactive about their harvest.
Identifying the exact right moment to harvest your fruit is, well, a science. Enter the Brimrose Le Vigneron AOTF-NIR Analyser. By calculating and analysing levels of sugar and acidity, this piece of technology is bringing groundbreaking insight to the exact time winemakers should be harvesting.
Endless hours can be spent pruning and tending to vines, and keeping them at a precise length is critical to the success of a wine when it comes time to harvest. Now, winemakers are putting down the shears thanks to the Wall-YE Robot VIN, which can prune up to 600 vines per day.