Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Huebel Grapes Estates, Queenston

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Sandra Edgeworth, Tim Andrews, Monica Oppenlaender, Mattias Oppenlaender and MPP Ted McMeekin

Sandra Edgeworth, Tim Andrews, Monica Oppenlaender, Mattias Oppenlaender and MPP Ted McMeekin

In the past, mechanically harvesting grapes after a frost often meant petioles (leafstalks) got into the wine, affecting its flavour. To avoid the problem, growers had to pick and sort the grapes by hand. The Opti Grape System changes that, effectively removing leaves, stems and other foreign material from the grapes. The system is powered by an energy-efficient engine that reduces fuel consumption by 35 per cent. The innovative equipment from New Holland sorts the grapes and harvests only the highest-quality fruit. As a result, the new technology has enabled Heubel Grapes Estates to boost production by 50 per cent, thanks to the increased demand for premium VQA wines made with high-quality grapes.


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