Be it during takeoff, in the lounge, or online, with Qantas’ Qbusiness coverage on “wine boffins” this month, all you need is five good minutes to understand what The Vineyard of the Future is doing for the wine industry.
From digital vineyards using drones and its MUASIP platform to monitor vast vineyard and other crop fields, to easy-to-use apps like VitiCanopy, that will instantly analyse canopy architecture, the effect of vineyard leaf canopies on the quality of grape and yields, the “holy grail for winemakers” is not out of reach (Nicholls, 2017). And if your vineyard happens to have a canine member, they could join you in the field to detect pests and diseases, as “man’s best friend” has the ability to sniff out the “bad” pheromones from insects up to 60 centimetres deep in the soil (Fuentes & De Bei, 2016).
But most importantly, as Dr Sigfredo Fuentes, Senior Lecturer in Wine Science at the School of Agriculture and Food, belonging to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agriculture from the University of Melbourne, has reiterated, “the end goal is the incorporation of technology in food security”, especially in the face of climate change.
Nicholls, J. (2017). The Data Revolution – Wine Boffins. Qantas Spirit of Australia. [online] November 2017, p. 118. Available at: https://www.qantas.com/infodetail/flying/inTheAir/inflightMagazine/QBusiness.pdf [Accessed 4 Nov. 2017].
Fuentes, S. and De Bei, R., 2016. Innovations and technology: Advances of the Vineyard of the Future initiative in viticultural, sensory science and technology development. Wine & Viticulture Journal, 31(3), p.53.