Mechanization and Precision Management of Winegrape Vineyards
Outreach Seminar

Location: Monterey Marriott Hotel

With the ever-increasing cost and shortage of qualified labor, the desire to economize vineyard operations via mechanization has become increasingly important. Similarly the concept of precision viticulture has become more popular to manage inherent vineyard variability, environmental impact reduction and to increase profitability. This outreach seminar will discuss the impacts of vineyard mechanization and precision viticulture on labor, vineyard management efficiency, vineyard variability and grape quality.


Matthew Fidelibus, University of California, Davis


3:30 pm –  3:50 pm Vineyard Mechanization and the Drive to Precision Management
Kaan Kurtural, University of California, Davis
3:50 pm – 4:10 pm Spraying in Vineyards Using Remotely Piloted Vehicles
Ken Giles, University of California, Davis
4:10 pm – 4:30 pm Automated Grape Yield Monitoring and Mapping
Luis Sánchez, E & J Gallo Winery, California
4:30 pm – 4:50 pm Impact of Mechanical Harvesting and Optical Berry Sorting on Grape and Wine Composition
Anita Oberholster, University of California, Davis
4:50 pm – 5:00 pm Questions & Answers