Autonomy, interaction and mobility: e-Novia’s deep tech at the service of high-quality grape harvesting

Autonomy, interaction and mobility: e-Novia’s deep tech at the service of high-quality grape harvesting

Autonomy, interaction and mobility: e-Novia’s deep tech at the service of high-quality grape harvesting

Autonomy, interaction and mobility: e-Novia’s deep tech at the service of high-quality grape harvesting

Autonomy, interaction and mobility: e-Novia’s deep tech at the service of high-quality grape harvesting

The quantity of wine produced annually in Italy is equivalent to approximately one hundred and ten bottles per person. Of course, such quantities are not absorbed by the domestic market alone: foreign demand prompts a significant proportion of production to go the international route. In fact, the wine sector represents one of the greatest expressions of Made in Italy excellence throughout the world today.

According to data from UnComTrade, Italian wine arrived mainly on the tables of Americans in 2019, for which the producers saw a total profit of one billion and seven hundred million dollars. In second place is Germany: German consumers buy 1.2 billion euros worth of Italian wines every year. The United Kingdom closes the ranking, spending 870 million per year. As the Nomisma Wine Monitor observes, Japan and Canada have especially seen an increase in Italian exports in recent years. The two countries enjoy a free trade agreement with the European Union. Overall, the export turnover is worth approximately seven billion dollars.

After 2020 saw a general decline in consumption due to severe travel restrictions and the closure of bars and restaurants, now the Italian wine market is expecting a significant recovery between 2021 and 2022.

An interesting fact concerns the quality of the wine destined for export: registered appellations of origin currently make up 44% of the production of the almost fifty million hectolitres exported each year. Geographical indications account for 24%, while the remaining share is dedicated to table wines.

This strong focus on quality has allowed producers to recognise the need to make harvesting more efficient by using highly technological automated solutions. And it is precisely these new solutions that e-Novia is working on, thanks to its talented team boasting technical and entrepreneurial skills.

Currently, the grapes intended for the production of excellent wines are strictly harvested by hand. The process requires that the workforce is exclusively dedicated to transferring the grapes from the vines to the storage warehouses, often resulting in extremely long harvest times and increasing the risks associated with the loss of product quality.

In fact, the value and essential properties of grapes are affected if they are not harvested during optimal ripeness. Furthermore, seasonal workers cannot always guarantee their availability according to the best period for harvesting, thus reducing the profitability of the vineyard and the winemaker. Suffice it to say that labour needs account for 60% of the total operating costs.

In response to these market needs, e-Novia proposes the latest generation machinery, capable of being integrated into vineyards and interacting with the harvesting workers.

Moreover, the complex processes require in-depth knowledge of the grape harvest systems, which is increasingly difficult to pass on in the current generational transition, seeing the expansion of vineyard management outsourcing.

e-Novia responds to these needs with a series of technological solutions: self-driving modular systems for the integrated management of vineyard operations, machinery equipped with cameras and multi-arm manipulators to ensure harvesting speed and precision, and traction systems for optimal mobility even on sloping terrain.

Thanks to its expertise in the field of Humanised Machines and Augmented Humanity, e-Novia intends to ensure high-quality, ethical and responsible harvesting that benefits the environment, workers and producers, both in terms of economic return and generating value for the territory.