Vineyards and wineries face new, growing and shifting challenges each year, whether from the continued pressure to stay ahead of the competition or the need to adapt to new environmental or market conditions. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, wine industry suppliers and service providers continuously work to create new ways of solving problems or seizing new opportunities, using ingenuity and technology to develop innovative solutions for the vineyards and wineries.
“Because of the work we do here at WIN, we have the privilege of seeing the newest products and services on a very regular basis, and we’re continually impressed by the level of innovation,” says Wine Industry Network President George Christie. “In most cases, industry suppliers are the change agents that help winery and vineyard operations impact quality or improve efficiencies. The WINnovation Awards are a way for us to acknowledge the efforts of these suppliers and their contribution to the wine industry.”
The winners of Wine Industry Network’s 11th annual WINnovation Awards for excellence in wine industry innovation are:
Short introductions to the specific innovations from the winners that merited their recognition will be revealed, one at a time, over the next week.
HotSpot AG has demonstrated remarkable innovation in the field of agriculture with their 53 GPH Variable Rate Fertigation Skid. This product has the potential to revolutionize the approach to nutrient management and resource utilization. Growers can now customize applications down to each vineyard block. Fertigation events are automatically recorded for convenient and accurate reporting.
Meet this year’s innovators at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) on November 30, 2023 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds along with 20 previous WINnovation Award winners and nearly 300 total exhibitors.