Andrew Adams
 

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by Andrew Adams
 
 
 

 

Product News

 
September 2016
 

Product Focus: Winery Hoses

 
Goodall hose
 
Goodall

Perhaps the most basic yet vital piece of cellar equipment, hoses are required for nearly every winemaking task. While they may be simple products, suppliers offer a range of hoses in various sizes to accommodate any type of winemaking style or budget. Manufacturers typically sell the hoses in 100-foot lengths without stainless steel barbs for tri-clover clamps. Other suppliers that specialize in winemaking equipment sell standard lengths (10 feet, for example) of hose equipped with barbs.

The heavy-duty hoses listed here feature a central tube of food-safe plastic wrapped with reinforced, rugged rubber. Another option (for smaller wineries, or different types of cellar jobs) is a lighter hose constructed with transparent food-safe PVC plastic that is reinforced with a rigid PVC helix. Prices vary based on order size as well as supplier and typically are charged per foot length.

Details provided with each hose type listed here include the interior diameter, outside diameter, maximum working pressure, weight per pound and the minimum bend radius.

TUDERTECHNICA

 
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August 2016
 

Product Focus: Racking Wands

 
Racking Wand
 

Two of the industry’s leading pressurizing racking wands were developed on California’s Central Coast. The more recent of the two was the Rack-It-Teer, invented originally to solve a brewer’s problem, but the pioneer in the field was the Bulldog Pup, which turns 30 this year.

The Bulldog Pup

 
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August 2016
 

Product Focus: Weather Stations

 
Weather Station
 
Western Weather

Weather stations provide vital data for making irrigation decisions, managing vine growth and integrated pest management. Most can be incorporated into wider networks that monitor conditions like soil moisture and evapotranspiration, and they can be customized for which weather data are recorded. Several of the stations listed here transmit data to a secure website where it can be downloaded to a desktop or mobile device. Solar panels are standard on some stations and an optional feature on others. Prices vary due to the type and sophistication of the sensors on the station, functionality and how data is collected, logged and disseminated. Several units also issue alerts when triggered by certain weather conditions.

TEXAS WEATHER INSTRUMENTS

 
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July 2016
 

Product Focus: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

 
RMAX unmanned aerial vehicle
 
Yamaha Motor Corp. recently opened an office at the airport in Napa County, Calif., for spraying agricultural land in Napa and Sonoma counties with its RMAX.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have great promise in viticulture, but grapegrowers are just beginning to put them to use.

These small aircraft can be used to assess the condition of vines using visual, infrared and near-infrared cameras more economically than manned aircraft and have other advantages such as being able to fly closer to vines or being used regularly to provide a pattern of vineyard development. Most UAVs can operate automatically, scanning a vineyard using GPS to specified coordinates.

Images by themselves aren’t very useful, and most companies that sell UAVs or UAV imaging services also offer software to help extract information that can help growers make decisions from when to apply treatments or water to when it’s time to pick different blocks.

One larger version, the Yamaha RMAX remote-controlled helicopter, can even spray vines with pesticides and fungicides more quickly than a person can, and the downdraft from the rotors encourages even coverage such as under leaves.

Yamaha Motor Corp. recently opened an office at the airport in Napa County, Calif., for spraying agricultural land in Napa and Sonoma counties with its RMAX. On May 18, it performed the first U.S. commercial crop spraying by UAV on a Napa Valley vineyard, applying a fungicide for Silverado Farming Co. to stave off powdery mildew.

Yamaha has been using RMAX helicopters internationally for 19 years, but it had to wait several years to get approval in the United States.

UAV suppliers say the machines are safer, faster and provide more reliable application of treatments with no soil compaction.

The nascent UAV market includes airframe suppliers, service providers, imaging equipment and software suppliers and expertise for analysis. Some companies offer only one element, but most prefer to provide more comprehensive services.

The following pages contain a summary of UAVs for the viticultural market. Specifications and prices are subject to change. Check with suppliers for details.

Many other companies offer imaging services and analysis—including those based on manned aircraft and satellites—but some of these are starting to offer or investigate the use of UAVs.

Note that the Federal Aviation Administration views all agricultural activity of UAVs as commercial drone operation. This means the operator must have a Section 333 exemption to fly as well as a pilot’s license

YAMAHA/PRECISION AGRICULTURE

 
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June 2016
 

Product Focus: Sorting Tables

 

Bucher Vaslin

 
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May 2016
 

Product Focus: Tasting Room Point-of-Sale Systems

 
Tasting room POS
 
Credit: Ryan Grant

Your tasting room cash register should be doing more than just ringing up sales. The point-of-sale (POS) systems available today can be utilized through a terminal or mobile device and offer myriad other functions that range from marketing to inventory management. Several suppliers offer POS systems that are fully integrated with wine club management, e-commerce, warehouse and shipping as well as bookkeeping. The price of a POS service varies from supplier to supplier and typically involves a monthly service fee as well as one-time fees for hardware and software.

NEXTERNAL

 
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April 2016
 

Product Focus: Oak Barrel Alternative Products

 

The days of raw-cut oak chips and discarded stave wood are long gone. Oak barrel alternative products are now available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, toasts and even wood types. Wines & Vines checked with oak suppliers about the latest batch of alternative innovations.

BOISE FRANCE

 
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March 2016
 

Product Focus: Soil Moisture Sensors

 
“Soil
 
A soil moisture sensor is programmed to relay data to a smartphone.

One can safely assume that in coming years water will continue to get more expensive, more scarce or (most likely) both.

Yet the technology to measure soil-moisture content has continued to improve, and today growers can choose from a variety of sensors. The data from such sensors is vital to ensure an irrigation program is using water as effectively and efficiently as possible and can be incorporated into a precision-agriculture system to help growers make even better vineyard-management decisions.

Several companies sell individual sensors as well as other equipment for data logging or to download and interpret data. Other firms like Hortau, Fruition Sciences and Ranch Systems use soil moisture sensors as part of broad networks that provide extremely detailed irrigation reports, analysis and recommendations.

When it comes to just moisture sensors, there are two main categories: those that measure the water content of soil and those that measure water tension or how easy it is for roots to take up moisture. Moisture content, volumetric or capacitance sensors use time domain reflectometry (TDR) and transmissometry (TDT) while water tension is determined with tensiometers and matric potential sensors.

Neutron probes are another option that are quite accurate and draw data from a large area, but they are expensive and require extra permits and training because they use radioactive material. Most companies that use neutron probes either have the resources to train someone to use them full time or work with a consulting firm that uses them.

First, find the right spot

 
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Product News

 
February 2016
 

Product Focus: Barrels

 

Wines & Vines contacted cooperages about new barrels and toast options on the market or newly available for the 2016 vintage. Several coopers reported they’re offering more toasts designed to provide a restrained oak presence to accentuate and frame fruit flavors rather than dominate the wine profile.

WORLD COOPERAGE

 
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Product News

 
January 2016
 

Enhancing Wine Quality, Reducing Waste

 

The innovation awards at the 2015 SIMEI conference and trade show put the spotlight on machines and other new technology designed to help winemakers improve their wines while reducing resource consumption or improving energy efficiency.

 
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January 2016
 

Product Focus: Destemmers

 

The next generation of destemmers features new methods for removing MOG as well as variable settings for speed and motion that enable winemakers to further customize how they process grapes on the crush pad. Many of these machines feature optional crushers and additional sorting capabilities. 

Armbruster Rotovib

The Armbruster Rotovib employs a patented vibratory movement to “pluck” grapes from the stems, allowing thorough berry removal at slower speeds. Destemmed berries fall onto the next stage of sorting, while unripe grapes and raisins stay affixed to the rachis and move into the waste stream. A new “Rollersorter” add-on feature provides additional mechanical sorting with interlaced silicon rubber spools that carry berries toward the collection point while allowing MOG to fall through as waste. The machine is available in three models with throughput rates of 10-30 tons per hour. Distributed through Scott Laboratories. Price for Rotovib 10 with Rollersorter: $32,500.

scottlab.com

 

Bucher Vaslin

The Delta Oscillys machine by Bucher Vaslin uses inertia to separate grapes from the stems. Grapes enter the machine through a small hopper and fall into cylindrical cages that swing back and forth. The movement forces berries to separate from the stems, and they then fall onto a rolling sorter table. The manufacturer claims the Oscillys produces a grape stream of just 0.2% to 0.5% MOG. Throughput is 2 to 16 tons per hour and can be adjusted by the size of the cage holes and swinging speed. Price for Oscillys 100: $42,000; Oscillys 200 with two destemming cages: $56,000.

buchervaslinusa.com

 

C.M.A. Dream

C.M.A. unveiled its new Dream machine in 2015. The Dream is fed through a hopper and uses a swinging cage system to separate whole berries, which fall onto a rolling sorting table that further separates out MOG. The holes of the sorting cage and the swinging speed can be adjusted for grape size and quality. Throughput of the Dream is between 1 and 15 tons per hour. Distributed through Prospero. Starting price: $39,000.

prosperoequipment.com

 

Dinamica

Dinamica expanded its line of crusher-destemmers this year. The company now offers a range of models that can process from 3-6 tons per hour to 18-25 tons per hour. The destemmers feature adjustable legs to fit into any crush pad system and optional crushing rollers. The crusher is powered by a separate motor and can be operated independently from the destemmer, allowing it to be placed at the end of a sorting table. Distributed by TCW Equipment & Systems. Starting price: $5,995.

tcwequipment.com

 

IMMA

The new i10 by IMMA can be adjusted in multiple ways, depending on grape size, berry condition and winemaking goals. The speed of the beater bars and cage revolutions can be adjusted as well as the height of the cage and distance between the bars and cage. Other features include a crusher that can operate as a separate unit and an interior jet system to make cleaning and sanitizing easier. Throughput is 10 tons per hour. Distributed by The Vintner Vault. Price: $21,500.

thevintnervault.com

 

Milani Estasi

The belt-fed Estasi machine by Milani “brushes” berries off stems by coupling the forward motion of the belt with a “transverse oscillating screen.” The machine is designed to be gentle to preserve as many whole berries as possible. The machine also features rubber rollers to be used as an optional crusher.

 
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Product News

 
December 2015
 

Product Focus: Narrow Vineyard Tractors

 

Designed to operate between vineyard rows, these tractors can carry implements such as vine trimmers or haul trailers carrying half-ton bins. Many manufacturers offer narrow models with varying horsepower and other options. This report did not include narrow, tracked tractors or over-the-row machines.

NEW HOLLAND

 
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Product News

 
November 2015
 

Product Focus: Wine Pumps

 

Pumps are necessary to perform a variety of winemaking tasks, making them an invaluable piece of equipment in the cellar. Wines & Vines contacted pump manufacturers about popular or new pumps for transferring wine, performing pumpovers, filling and emptying barrels and other functions. Prices vary based on pump model and dealer options such as carts and control panels.

Inoxpa

 
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October 2015
 

Product Focus: Glass Bottles

 

Global Package

 
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September 2015
 

Product Focus: Filters

 

Several new filters on the market can better handle high-solid lees and juice to enable wineries to save more wine, while other firms have new, specialized filters for specific applications. Prices vary based on the filtration medium or technology as well as capacity.

DIEMME

 
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August 2015
 

Product Focus: Screwcaps with Variable OTR

 

Several suppliers now offer screwcaps with liners that allow varying rates of oxygen permeability.  

VinPerfect
 
VinPerfect Smartcaps.

VINPERFECT

 
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July 2015
 

Product Focus: Stainless Steel Tanks

 

Wines & Vines surveyed tank manufacturers to find the latest shapes, sizes and new features for stainless steel tanks. Prices vary according to tank sizes, options and current pricing for labor and materials. 

ALBRIGI

 
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Product News

 
June 2015
 

Product Focus: pH Meters and Sensors

 

Hanna Instruments

 
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Product News

 
May 2015
 

Product Focus: Anti-Counterfeit Systems

 
Selinko
 

Selinko and Inside Secure

 
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April 2015
 

Product Focus: Yeast

 

AB Mauri

 
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Product News

 
January 2015
 

Optical Sorters

 

VISTALYS

 
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Product News

 
March 2014
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 

Hi-res printing for corks

 
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Product News

 
February 2014
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 
Sulfur dioxide-free wines with SurePure
 
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January 2014
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 
‘The Cube’ destemmer
 
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Product News

 
December 2013
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 
Hot Spotter by Shur Farms
 
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Product News

 
November 2013
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 
Vin65 adds hardware to mobile POS system
 
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October 2013
 

Winery & Vineyard Product News

 
G.W. Kent offering Syntek closures
 
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Product News

 
September 2013
 

New Winery and Vineyard Developments

 
New NOPA test kit by Randox
Randox Food Diagnostics is offering a new NOPA test kit for the 2013 harvest. Randox claims its new assay offers the widest ranges in the market: It has a minimum detectable concentration of 5.1 mgN/L and is linear up to a concentration of 500 mgN/L. Test results are ready within seven minutes. Details: randoxfooddiagnostics.com.
 
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August 2013
 

Winery & Vineyard Equipment

 
Titration system uses touch-screen display
 
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June 2013
 

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Hand truck with powered lift
 
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May 2013
 

Product News

 
New Velcorin dosers
 
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