Vineyards and wineries have been in existence for centuries. From the old strains of wine grapes so highly prized in Italy to the newer strains developed for the plethora of wines that are made in the United States, the wine-making business has evolved into one of the largest beverage industries in the world. Techniques have become more refined and in turn, innovations in technology have made tremendous forward lunges. An example of the use of hi-tech in the world of wineries in Napa's Palmaz Vineyards. This amazing winery is well deserving of a closer look and discussion, particularly if you're passionate about the art of making wine.
A blending of passions
If you're a winemaker who takes pride in experimentation and the development of crafting unique and high quality wines then you'll appreciate the fact that Christian Palmaz has taken his two greatest passions and combined them to create the most high-tech winery on the planet. These are computer science and making wine.
The history of Palmaz Vineyards
Palmaz actively pursued is passion for making wine He grew up on a vineyard in Napa Valley, owned by his family and it was in his blood He spent some time as an apprentice in the industry but he was not satisfied with is ability to read the wines in a way that he believed a winemaker ought to. It didn't deter him pursuing his strong desire to continue as a winemaker, but it did represent an obstacle that he knew he needed to overcome. Instead of settling for sub par skills and abilities or throwing in the towel, he did something about it. Christian Palmaz who also had a penchant for computer science decided to turn to technology to help him compensate for what he considered to be a deficit. He threw himself into a new project that would take him six years to develop. The project was a "smart fermentation tank" which would enhance his wine making skills by monitoring the oxygen levels and the temperature of the wine during the fermentation process. This would help him to determine the metrics which are involved in creating superb wines.
An inventor and innovator
Christian Palmaz is one of the most innovative wine makers in the business today. His invention came in handy when the California wildfires of 2017 swept across the property, making it necessary for the crew to abandon the area. He had designed the tanks to be automatically adjusting and they made the necessary changes to the product that was in process and when all was said and done, the smart fermentation tanks had saved Palmaz Vineyards an estimated $10 million by maintaining ideal conditions for massive amounts of juice which were in the process of fermentation.
Further Palmaz inventions
Christian Palmaz is the CEO of the Vineyard and he has continued using the talents he possesses to create a program that aids in the simultaneous ripening of all of the grapes within a parcel. In addition, he has created a sorting system that automatically removes all damaged fruit through a unique system of light imaging that detects flaws including wrinkles and flaws, suggesting sunburning of the skin of the grape. The innovations delivered by his steadfast commitment to enhancing and perfecting the craft of wine making, Palmaz has helped to ensure that the wines made at Palmaz Vineyards are of premium and high quality.
Christian Palmaz is a brilliant inventor and winemaker who blended two special talents to create the most high-tech winery on the face of the earth. he is credited with making significant contributions to the art of wine making. He went from an apprentice wine maker with a dissatisfaction in his own abilities to a mover and shaker who will not settle for sub par quality. It was his insistence in producing the highest possible quality wines that led him to turn to technology to break down the barriers that prevented him from reaching his ultimate goal. The end result of the years that he dedicated to finding answers to his problems has resulted in the creation of an impressive winery and operations which are envied by wine makers throughout the globe. This just goes to show you what you can accomplish when you refuse to settle for second best.
Written by Dana Hanson
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