Drones help ultra-precise parcel selection
Although one of the features of the Montrose vineyard is its unity, it also contains a rich variety of soils, each of which naturally nourishes plant life in a particular way. An infrared drone survey of the vineyard helped to build up a picture of each parcel and classify different zones according to their potential. Combined with berry-tasting before picking, this ultra-precise mapping of the vineyard, accurate to within a single vinestock, will enable the teams at the estate to go even further in identifying the ideal time to harvest the crop.
A study of first- and second-cluster potential at individual vinestock level
The heterogeneity of a parcel is matched by that of the individual vinestock. The clusters situated at the base of the shoot (first clusters) generally ripen earlier than those further up (second clusters). Studies and experiments carried out in the vineyard since last year have confirmed and demonstrated these differences in maturity. Using the information gained from such observations, pickers can go through a parcel in successive sweeps according to the ripeness of each cluster.