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November 2009
Making Mechanical Harvesting Work
Tips from experienced vineyard managers
by Bill Pregler
Rather than write another article about the advantages of mechanical harvesting, I talked with managers across the U.S. to find out what wineries must do to make the technology work. This sounds pretty basic but has been woefully overlooked in mechanical harvesting. Mechanization, by definition, requires plenty of upfront design. Without proper vineyard design, you get poor results, battered fruit and vine damage—and it is unfair to blame the harvester. A winemaker cannot expect quality f...
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