Uncorking Innovation

Lora Kolodny - 15 Feb 2017

The ancient craft of wine making conjures romantic notions of hand-picked vines, and bare feet crushing grapes. However, wine production today is a thoroughly high-tech affair. 

Tech Brings Value to Vineyards

Amanda Garris - 27 Jan 2017

Cornel Lake Erie Research and Extention Laboratory Director Terry Bates says he is systematically taking the guesswork out of managing vineyards, with help from a fleet of sensors that see the vineyard more clearly than the human eye.  

Protecting European wine: Vinbot rover optimises harvest and quality

by Horizon Magazine - 16 May 2016

"The rover uses a laser to measure how much actual sunlight is accessible to the leaf surface. It then pieces together these scans to construct a virtual image of the vine and how much sunlight reaches it."

Aircraft pictures helping productivity of Coonawarra vineyards

The Naracoorte Herald - 11 May 2016

Cameras attached to fixed-wing aircraft are providing data to viticulturists which is helping to identify canopy temperature – in order to improve water use and wine quality.

Drones in Viticulture

by Anne Alessandri - 05 Apr 2016

The potential drones have in Viticulture as remote sensing tools are enormous. They are capable of acquiring high resolution optical data which can aid precision viticulture greatly. Traditional modes of data collection (satellites and manned aircrafts) have limitations, such as low resolution imagery, cost implications, lack of flexibility and restricted areas (i.e. mountainous areas). The advantages of drones are for instance lower operating costs, fast acquisition of high resolution imagery, flexibility (data can be collected ‘on demand’) and practicality (especially for smaller vineyards).

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