There are already satellite imagery and drones used in vineyards, but it gets more technical. Following are a few excerpts from the recent Sonoma Vintage Report Conference.
- Using lasers to map vine vigor with the goal being to minimize vineyard variation.
- Using geostatistical modeling to analyze vineyard variations.
- Having grape maturation tools to measure the sugar creation process in the grapes to help predict when to pick various blocks of the vineyard.
- Next they talked about having two back-to-back years of high nitrogen in the soil (2016 and now 2017) and guessing what it might do to the grapes for the coming year.
Yes, there's a bit of science going into it along with the art of winemaking.
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