May 12-13, 2020
Santa Rosa, CA
The technology is crawling its feet in each and every field, and the wine industry is no exception to that. Vineyards and homesteads are welcoming new technologies to battle conditions that are becoming unpredictable.
High-tech robots equipped with artificial intelligence are becoming an essential part to diminish the effects of drought, fluctuating temperatures and changes in harvest times. They are more precise and quicker than any human oenologist and are proven to be the world’s best weapon against the climate of tomorrow.
Robots have started lending a helping hand in Bordeaux and the South of France to track vine configuration patterns. Talking about the North of France, in Cognac, robots have started traveling across the soil of the Grand Champagne and Petite Champagne crus.
Naïo Technologies in Toulouse, France has developed one such robot dubbed TED. Expert robotic engineers, Gaëtan Séverac and Aymeric Barthes created TED to provide answers to modern-day agriculture problems, particularly those that concern to sustainable agriculture and labor-intensive tasks.
TED is a highly precise weeding tool for vineyards. It basically is an excellent alternative to the traditional chemical weedkilling exercises - helping the wine growers to spend more time on tasks with higher-value. In addition to that, TED’s weight is kept minimum - 900 kgs, to avoid compressing the soil. It allows maintaining the vineyard when used regularly.
TED was pitched to Rémy Martin to assist their farmers and increase precision in the vineyard. Not yet available to the public, Rémy Martin is the first brand to own a TED prototype. The collaboration allows the centuries-old Cognac house to modernize their process, while Naïo receives data necessary to enhance its robotics - a win-win situation. Each week, TED roams around Rémy Martin’s vineyards and sends real-time data back to Naïo.
To know more about TED, click here.