The Robert Mondavi Institute

Photos by Karen Block UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Department.

Working Towards a Water Positive Winery Operation

Reverse osmosis has been used in the wine industry to help refine flavor and alcohol content, but new work being done at University of California at Davis puts this technology at the forefront of water conservation.

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Farm to Table, locally sourced and handcrafted is the trend for today’s customers, who want local authentic experiences at home or while travelling. more »

Jul 7, 2016 2:24 PM Innovations

Growing reds in Vancouver Island’s cool climate is an ongoing challenge. At Averill Creek Vineyard Andy Johnston is stretching the season by wrapping his pinot noir and merlot grapes with plastic to promote bud break and create a greenhouse warming. more »

Jul 7, 2016 2:15 PM Innovations

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Four Yukon innovators have been short-listed for the 2016 Yukon Innovation Prize. These finalists have received $10,000 to further develop their idea and compete for the grand prize of $60,000. Winners announced June 29, 2016 (after press time). more »

Jul 7, 2016 2:08 PM Innovations

Think of it as 'high level' consulting advice. These days, vineyard consultants using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) can help provide an aerial in depth look into your plants health. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:58 PM Innovations

The ancient practice of using clay or terracotta vessels for fermenting wine is making a comeback as a more natural, more artisanal way of producing wine with the Wine Amphoras made by Manetti Gusmano & Figli. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:30 PM Innovations

New automatic wax dipping machine for wine/beer bottles. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:26 PM Innovations

LuxPrem+, an innovative overcap solution for premium spirits is made from a special aluminium based material. The intricate design features ensure that LuxPrem+ rivals the traditional tin overcap used by premium spirits brand owners. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:22 PM Innovations

The EnoLyzer™ Semi-Automated Wine Analyzer is a compact, stand-alone Wine Analyzer Spectrophotometer. The EnoLyzer™ was demonstrated on April 5, 2016 at an event hosted by the BC Wine & Grape Council. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:19 PM Innovations

Lotus Pumpover Head The patent-pending LOTUS pumpover head gently and uniformly distributes juice - even if unfiltered or mixed with whole berries - over the cap in tanks of any size without excessive bruising or misting. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:11 PM Innovations

Creativity is encouraged with each bottle of Scratchpad wine. Wine drinkers are able to create your own personal message, as the label is left blank. So you can doodle, scribble or draw a picture with the charcoal pencil attached. more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:08 PM Innovations

This new 'smart' bottle serves wine by the glass, extends shelf life by 30 days, so let’s you choose which wine to open on any given night. You can also shop and buy directly from the WiFi-connected Kuvée “Bottle” and wines will be shipped right to more »

Jul 7, 2016 1:04 PM Innovations

Innovations in Sizing and Sorting

i5 Multi scan

Electronic sizing and sorting of cherries has become the ‘new norm’ in larger cherry packing houses, but many of the smaller packers have shied away from investing in this technology due to the high cost.

New PLU Label Developed

Shippers Supply close-up on labelling machine

You wouldn’t normally think of a shipping supply company as being innovative – especially one that has been around for more than 38 years. Then again, you haven’t met Ron Brown – Founder and President at Shippers Supply.

Penergetic Makes Your Grapes More Energetic


Better wine. Improved resistance to pests and disease. Reduced use of chemical inputs. You’d think with all those benefits, Penergetic would be a household name in the wine making industry in Canada. But in fact, use of this innovative bio-technology is not yet well known in vineyards here. Derek Pratt, the BC-based importer and Canadian distributor, would like to change that.

The Cork That's Not a Cork

EZ Cap 3

Now winemakers have another choice when it comes to stopping up the wine bottle. This unique new wine bottle from EZ Cap has a reusable flip-top bottle stopper so wine drinkers can simply pop it back on and save their wine for another day.

Constellation Lab Brings Science to Art of Wine

Wine Testing

One of the advantages of being part of a large wine company, is you have access to state-of-the-art testing equipment.


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