Vineyard Mechanization: Moving to the “No Touch Vineyard?”
Grapegrowing Breakout Session
The labor situation in vineyards is reaching a critical stage. Growers are faced with reduced availability of labor while regulations and costs are increasing. The economic viability of sectors of the grape industry has become more challenging. Innovative growers and manufacturers are developing equipment and cultural practices to increase efficiency while maintaining or improving yield and fruit/wine composition. An important component of these efforts is to manage as many operations as possible in mature vineyards using equipment to reduce the number of “Touches” required by labor.
Growers will learn state of the art practices in vineyard mechanization for the U.S. and Australia. In addition, a grower panel will address the practical aspects of vineyard conversion/establishment for mechanization and experiences with commercially available equipment. The panel will also look ahead to next-steps for efficient vineyard management when labor is unavailable.
Keith Striegler, E & J Gallo Winery, California
Doug Beck, Monterey Pacific, California
Nick Dokoozlian, E & J Gallo Winery, California
Randy Kazarian, Kazarian Vineyard Development, California
Mark Krstic, The Australian Wine Research Institute, Australia
Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, California
Nick Pehle, Stone Hill Winery, Missouri