Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Vineland Estates Winery Inc.

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   MPP Chris Ballard and Brian Schimdt

MPP Chris Ballard and Brian Schimdt

To make a great wine, you need to be choosy. No under-ripe grapes, no bits of leaves or stems and definitely no bugs. A couple of ladybugs can ruin an entire tonne of grapes. But hand-sorting grapes is a slow, back-breaking business. That's why Vineland Estates has invested in an optical sorter. The first of its kind in Canada, it scans 2,000 grapes per second, gently de-stems the fruit and removes bugs and unwanted plant material. Puffs of air then sort the grapes by colour, size and shape, letting winemakers select exactly what they want. The optical sorter is six times faster than hand-sorting, and it delivers better-quality grapes. By lowering costs and raising standards, this machine promises to revolutionize winemaking in Ontario.

Creation Date: 06 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 10 November 2015