Case Study: Foursight Wine Tames Crazy Weather with Vantage Connect & Vantage Pro2
The Charles family has had a working a piece of land in the lovely Anderson Valley of California for generations. But in 2006, Bill and Nancy Charles, along with their daughter and son-in-law, Kristy Charles and Joe Webb, opened Foursight Wines and began to produce small lots of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Anderson Valley, just outside of Boonville and just west of the famed Napa Valley, is one of the most unique wine-producing areas in the world. Growers there work with some of the best – and some of the most extreme – weather conditions in the wine-making world. It’s cool and coastal with the long sunny days of California summers, but it is also a long, narrow valley that channels whipping winds. It also has crazy temperature swings, which can be very good – or very bad – for wine grapes. The valley is known for the highest diurnal temperature swings in the wine-growing world. Joe, who is Foursight’s winemaker and President of the Anderson Valley Wine Association, has recorded a 62-degree swing in one day, going from 107°F (42°C) in the afternoon to 45°F (7°C) that night.
[We] now track conditions in all vineyards, including the two most remote areas, on [our] tablets and smartphones.
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