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|Monday| High-tech winemaking

Posted in Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on March 9, 2015

high tech wine making

“Underneath, ten pairs of flexible fibreglass rods are swinging back and forth, their amplitude, frequency and spacing specified by the driver. The vibration separates the grapes from the plant, and a conveyor belt brings them to the top of the vehicle. There, they pass over a series of rollers whose spacing lets the berries through while trapping stray stems and leaves. The vines look undisturbed save for their lack of fruit, their naked stems eerily exposed. The machine, made by Pellenc, a French firm, will harvest 20 tonnes of grapes tonight: enough to make 18,000 bottles of wine, and a harvest that would otherwise require 40 workers.”

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