This session will focus on the role of automation in the winery,
starting from the perspective that it may not be possible to have
a full cellar crew in the winery or to be able to access the
winery at all, whether because of a pandemic or a natural
disaster such as wildfire.
The speakers will discuss the tools available to supplement or
replace human involvement in the winemaking process during these
challenging situations. Beyond these urgent requirements, the
speakers will address the processes in winemaking that lend
themselves to automation without risk of reduction in wine
quality and the parts of the process which might require human
intervention. Finally, there will be a discussion of the skill
sets that would be required to be successful in a more fully
automated wine industry.
What impact does vineyard location have on Pinot noir grape and
wine composition? How will those impacts be shifted by a changing
climate? This session will describe the findings of
a five-year winemaking study of site impact using Pinot noir
(clone 667) planted on three rootstocks. A replicated winemaking
study that included formal sensory analysis showed that site and
vintage significantly impacted wine color, aroma and
varietal expression. Three winemakers will discuss
the presented research and describe their own experiences
with two of the vineyards included in the study.
Esta sesión se basa en asistir a la sesión general y a una de las
sesiones temáticas de enología o viticultura. Un certificado de
asistencia estará disponible a pedido.
Reducir los costes de producción sin comprometer la calidad es el
equilibrio que deben hacer los enólogos. Una recesión económica y
los efectos de trabajar durante una pandemia, aumentarán aún más
la presión. En una industria con una larga tradición, pensar
creativamente no siempre es fácil, pero puede ser la clave para
tener éxito en 2021.
Un panel de enólogos compartirá algunas de las últimas
optimizaciones, eficiencias y efectos en la vinificación
derivados de la automatización en los viñedos. Así como una
visión más amplia de nuevos estilos de vino de nuevas variedades,
los desafíos que comporta y cómo lograr la aceptación del
This session is based on attending the general session and one of
the breakout sessions in enology or viticulture. A certificate of
attendance will be available upon request.
Lowering production costs without compromising quality is a
winemaker’s balancing act. An economic downturn and the
effects of working during a pandemic will only add pressure. In
an industry with a long tradition, thinking outside of the box is
not always easy, yet it may be the key to succeeding in 2021.
A panel of winemakers will share some of the latest winery
optimizations, efficiencies, and the effects on winemaking
derived from vineyard automation. And broader thinking, including
new takes on new varietals, challenges, and how to get consumer
Winemaking in 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult
vintages in recent memory. Between the arrival of COVID and the
fires/smoke incidents that much of the West Coast of America
experienced, vintners were required to devise contingency plans
for which there had never been a precedent.
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