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The new Tunnel spraying technology by Clemens Vineyard Equipment, Inc., reuses spray drift to make vineyard spraying more efficient. Fluid that has not congealed is collected through a recycling system and filtered back into the tank. According to a statement by Clemens, the system results in 35-40% less chemical use, up to 99% less drift, is safer for the driver and better for the environment. Details:
Critical Environment Technologies Canada Inc. released the YES IMS a new self-contained, indoor air quality monitoring system with ten sensor channels including relative humidity, temperature and up to seven additional gas sensors with a remote gas sensor. Options include a fixed wall mount or a portable desktop version with a wide range of sensors to chose from including particulates, electrochemical, semi-conductor and infrared. Details:
The new ENV-Link-Mini wireless monitor by MicroStrain can support multiple sensor channels for environmental monitoring. According to a statement released by MicroStrain, the monitor supports four sensor channels in a weatherproof enclosure. Two channels for relative humidity and temperature can be complemented with a choice of other sensors including soil moisture, leaf wetness or others. Wireless communication extends up to 2km by line of sight and can run for up to five years on battery power. Details:
Scott Laboratories released a specialty yeast for the 2012 harvest. A product of the yeast hybridization program at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Vitilevure Elixir has “moderate” nitrogen requirements and should ferment between 57-77 °F. Scott Laboratories touts the yeast as good for expressing terpenes, norisoprenoids and thiols to add complexity to aromatic varieties. Details:
Bottle maker Verallia North America is now offering its “Selective Line” for the premium wine market. The line includes Bordeaux and Burgundy bottles as well as other designs available in extra flint, extra black and other colors. The company also announced its new “FlexRun” service to provide wineries the option to run specialty bottles that could include custom embossment on a stock bottle or a new bottle design. Verallia claims it’s the first bottle maker in North America offering a “variable weight feeder” production line enabling it to manufacture two separate bottles simultaneously. The service is available in antique green, Champagne green, dead leaf green and flint. Details:
(SOQUEL, CA. – September 5, 2012) SureHarvest and Altamont Technologies finalized their agreement to enable SureHarvest the rights to market, sell, and implement Altamont Technologies’ LandView mapping, field recordkeeping, and reporting system. The two entities have integrated SureHarvest’s Farm Management System and LandView applications to meet the market demand from growers, farm managers, field reps, and agriculture consultants to quickly and easily record and access their important information.
Enartis Vinquiry is pleased to announce its partnership with the Institut Català del Suro (IC Suro), the Catalan Institute for Cork in Spain. Earlier this year Enartis Vinquiry became the agent for IC Suro in the United States, expanding their cork quality evaluation services to include the pre-shipping control of cork lots coming from Spain, allowing wineries to screen selected cork lots before they are shipped to the US.
Monmouth, Oregon ~ Olsen Agricultural Enterprises announces that it will be discontinuing its Viridian wine. Olsen’s General Manager, Ben Hanna, announced this week that the decision to discontinue the wine was made for positive reasons: to focus resources into grape production. “We want to maintain our commitment to viticulture and our rich quality fruit,” said Hanna. Viridian’s Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are distributed in more than 20 states and have been well received but the market has been a challenge for Olsen as it works to balance its large scale farming operations with the marketing of the Viridian Brand.
CellarPass, a wine tasting, tour and special event reservation service, is now offering “CellarPass Lite” a free version of its system for small wineries that may not be staffed seven days a week or only open seasonally. The service allows guests to make tasting appointments 24/7 on the winery’s website, track event availability and updates a winery’s guest database with every reservation. The web-based system does not require added software and provides secure and PCI-compliant access to reservation-related information from any web browser, iPhone or iPad. Details:
Exporting wine to China via the direct-to-consumer channel is the subject of an upcoming seminar sponsored by eWinery Solutions. As wine consumption among Chinese consumers rises, so does their demand for imports of fine wine. "The China Opportunity" seminar brings panelists together to offer new ideas, insights, and solutions in how to market wines to and also educate a rapidly growing market of Chinese consumers.
Gamajet Cleaning Systems has been acquired by Alfa Laval, effective August 24, 2012, and a new company, Alfa Laval Tank Equipment, Inc. has been created. The new company will operate as Gamajet Cleaning Systems and will remain in Exton, Pennsylvania. Gamajet's longtime President, Robert Delaney, has been appointed President of the new company.
New Holland’s IntelliSteer auto-guidance system has been upgraded to allow a four-wheel drive vehicle to engage a guidance swath in reverse. According to a company statement, the firm’s T9 series tractors will be among the first four-wheel drive tractors in the industry with this capability.
JMB Web Consulting released its Wine and the Web package for small wineries looking to sell their products online. The package includes a WordPress website hosted on WordPress servers merged with the Vin65 “commerce engine” branded for the client winery. Details:
Turrentine Brokerage, the Novato based brokers of grapes and wines in bulk, has released the twelfth issue of its exclusive publication, The Turrentine Outlook: Forecasts and Strategies for a Competitive Advantage. This issue uses extensive proprietary data to provide a comprehensive review of the supply and demand picture for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio, both globally and in key regions of California. Most importantly, it does two things. First, it documents the dramatic transition from about twelve years of worldwide excess to a new state of relative shortage. Second, it suggests strategies for growers, producers and marketers to deal with this fundamental change.
The new Model 70 is equipped with a dual servo powered partition handling device that blends the opening and insertion of case partitions into “one harmonious action that ensures gentle handling for smooth opening, precise placement and efficient case packing,” according to a statement released by A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.
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