The wine industry faces a myriad of challenges that impact vineyard operations and grape quality. One such challenge is the scarcity of skilled labor, particularly during critical periods like harvesting. Insufficient labor availability can lead to delays in essential tasks such as pruning and vineyard maintenance, ultimately affecting overall productivity and grape quality. Additionally, rising operational costs, including labor, equipment, and input expenses like fertilizers and pesticides, pose economic sustainability concerns for vineyards, highlighting the need for efficient management solutions.

Changing climate patterns further exacerbate challenges in the wine industry, with temperature shifts and altered precipitation patterns influencing grape ripening and vine health. Climate variability can result in unpredictable grape quality, impacting the flavor profile and characteristics of the wine produced. Moreover, vineyards face threats from various pests and diseases, including insects, nematodes, mildews, and rot, which can significantly affect grape health and yield. Outbreaks of pests and diseases often necessitate extensive pesticide applications, leading to heightened production costs and potential crop losses.

In response to these challenges, eVineyard offers a comprehensive vineyard management software solution designed to help grape growers manage their vineyards efficiently and sustainably. With features such as vineyard inspection, intelligent work planning, work tracking, payroll management, harvest tracking, and mapping capabilities, eVineyard empowers growers to make informed decisions about vineyard management practices. By leveraging technology to streamline operations and optimize resource allocation, eVineyard supports vineyards in overcoming challenges and achieving greater productivity and profitability

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You will find additional 45 good practices, initiatives and use cases in the AgriSkills Reference Catalogue titled “AgriSkills Guidebook on Digitalization in Agriculture”.

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