4. Growing Better Grapes for Better Vino
Winemakers in the Mosel Valley in southwest Germany are using an Internet of Things system called TracoVino, developed by MyOmega, according to Ericsson, which provided the device connection platform used in the Telenor Connexion infrastructure supporting TracoVino. Sensors across the vineyard upload data on such metrics as soil humidity, air humidity, sunshine, and intensity of sunshine, temperature and rainfall to the cloud. At the 700-year-old Reinhold Haart Estate in Piesport, Germany, TracoVino enables the vineyard workers to do the “right work at the right time,” and avoid bad decisions during harvest that could affect the quality of Reinhold Haart’s Riesling, winemaker and part owner Johannes Haart told Ericsson. TracoVino has also enabled Reinhold Haart to improve sustainability by better limiting the use of pesticides.
Another winery, Salt Creek Vineyard in Massachusetts tends to over 12,000 vines in three fields and has built up strong wholesale and retail business lines. To help overcome challenges related to groundwater and microclimate management, Salt Creek has deployed IoT sensors, Dell Gateways and solar panels to help increase growth and profit while lowering water and energy consumption. Additionally, Salt Creek uses IoT technology to monitor pH levels in soil and water, both of which are critical to optimal vineyard performance and good tasting wine.