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October 2013
Industry Roundtable: Mechanical Harvesting
by Lance Cutler
While the use of machine harvesters was growing steadily the last time the Industry Roundtable series visited machine harvesting (see Wine Business Monthly, November 2008), less than 70 percent of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties availed themselves of the machines. The machines picked at night, the fruit came in cold, and the price and scarcity of a labor force were not a problem, but winemakers had serious reservations about the ability of the machines to separate out moldy fruit and secon...
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