Case Studies

Penedes, Catalonia
Spain.

Vallformosa

200+
Company Size

1865
Year Founded

History

Since 1865 the Domènech family has
worked lands in Penedès with passion to obtain the best fruit of the vineyards.
Francisco José Domènech (1839-1909)
was the founder of the winemaking
tradition in the family and the first to seek perfection of a well-done work.

With passion, vision and tradition
spanning over 140 years,Vallformosa has
created wines and cavas. An intimate
expression of our personality, which
honours five generations of wine growers.

https://vallformosa.com/

Challenges

Lluis, the newly appointed technical director has a mission to establish a standardised model for operation and control of 2500 hectares of vineyards. Understanding the impact of climate change, getting an accurate yield estimate and monitoring fruit quality were some of the key challenges that Lluis was trying to solve. The magnitude of the challenges were magnified due to the sheer number of plots, approximately 2000, of which only 600 hectares are under direct supervision.

Solution

Bordeaux
France.

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

50
Company Size

1720
Year Founded

Challenges

Bruno Borie’s passion for producing high quality wine, year after year, requires a perfect blend of traditional processes perfected over centuries & latest technology. Optimising yield and quality along with finding the right balance between the two is one of the biggest challenges. The inability to collect micro climate data along with other key data metrics posed as another key challenge.

Solution

History

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is an iconic Bordeaux estate, one of the 14 estates classified 2nd growth in 1855 (88 estates classified including the Sauternes and Barsac classification with only 5 1st growth). The 75-hectare (185-acre) vineyard is situated in the southeast of the appellation, near the village of Beychevelle and bordering Branaire-Ducru.

Bruno Borie, the owner, is focussed on precision wine growing. He has implemented ISO14001 standards since 2016 and has HVE3 certification since 2017. He believes in traditional winemaking and terroir to be compatible with technology – what he calls “positive modernity”.

https://chateau-ducru-beaucaillou.com/

Jumilla
Spain.

Bodegas San Isidro

400
Company Size

1934
Year Founded

History

Bodegas San Isidro (BSI) was founded in 1934, on the historical background of the Spanish Civil War, by a group of winegrowers, who with big efforts, made this winery become one of the leaders in wines production and sales within the Jumilla Wines Denomination of Origin Council, since it was created in 1966.

BSI counts on more than 3500 hectares of vineyards, and most of them could be considered as organic cultivation. With low yields and really high qualities, BSI produces a wide range of different wines that can cater to a wide range of palates.

https://www.bsi.es/

Challenges

Luis Javier Pérez, the technical director at BSI, is faced with the same challenges as any other first degree cooperative in the region – lack of transparency and control. The inability to access real time data of member vineyards results in offline data collection which is both inaccurate and inefficient. In addition to this, the variability in yield estimate due to inaccurate forecast model poses a challenge for production & sales planning.

Solution

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