I was reflecting, over a glass of something sparkly this past weekend, just how much the winemaking business has evolved in recent times, and how much more it takes than a cellar full of barrels and a taste for the fermented grape to operate a successful vineyard these days.
Farming—of grapes or otherwise—is, quite simply, an information-intensive affair that is only growing more so with the passage of time. The modern winemaker finds its juice courtesy of an abundance of clever technology and thoughtful application.
At 360 Visibility, we know and understand vineyard management software, and can offer our clients end-to-end solutions that’ll take them from vine to wine in no time.
The winery trade is more thorny than ever. Global competition, consolidation and commoditization all cast long shadows across the business now, and those in the wine trade ignore their complicating presence at their peril. Add to that the ever-sharper need to stay on top of everything from accounting systems to government reporting, and you’ll understand why some old-world vintners are hauling themselves from the land of rude mechanics to a place decidedly more technologically located.
Among other things, software can help business people monitor and analyze their labour and raw materials, can facilitate the sharing of data such that staffers might customize solutions that address their specific information needs, can rescue a company from a tangled scene strewn with multiple computing platforms and incompatible software products. Smart winery systems can track accounts receivable, conduct inventories of case goods in various warehouses, and exploit magnificently a full order-entry system for selling the fruit of the grape to folks with a taste for it.
At 360, our winery management software is designed to address the particular data-management needs—including inventory, sales, internal finance and staffing—of a progressive wine business. With it, users can monitor grapes throughout the entire wine-production process, from the first day of growing season until the last day of harvest.
With our tools performing their magic behind the scenes, vintners get a chance to gain better-than-ever control over their yields, their growing efficiency and their customer relationships.
The days of keen young vintners patrolling their operations with pencils behind ears and pads in hands are drawing to a close. And it’s a good thing. Lift a glass of something sparkly, say I, to the way wineries are entering the computer age with such body, nose and élan.