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April 2013
Mechanization for Quality
The main impetus for moving to mechanization has been economics, but some are also realizing higher quality.
In the last 15 years or so, I have seen more vineyards put in with the idea that they may be, at least partially, mechanically farmed in the future. The current and future labor supply is dubious at best, and new regulations—some reasonable and some seemingly unnecessary—are calling the future of hand operations into question. At the 2013 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, held in Sacramento, California, I attended the session entitled “Mechanization Alternatives in the Vineyar...
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