Robotics & Electric Vehicles – the Future of Viticulture?
Robotics & Electric Vehicles – the Future of Viticulture?

Robotics & Electric Vehicles – the Future of Viticulture?

Atascadero, CA ­– Robotic and electric vehicles are on the minds if not already in the fields of many vineyard farmers. Agricultural operations around the world are realizing the benefits of adopting these emerging technologies; increased safety and efficiency in repetitive tasks and the subsequent ability to reserve the work of human hands for more technical tasks are profoundly impactful on a farming operation.

Dr. Stavros Vougioukas, agricultural robotics, mechanization, and automation expert at the University of California at Davis, opens the three-day Sustainable Ag Expo on Monday, November 14 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. His presentation will not only explain the technologies behind agricultural robots including their capabilities, limitations, and evolution, but also the challenge of adopting these technologies in agriculture. Nikki Wente of Wente Vineyards, Jeff Lehar of Monterey Pacific, and Marc Di Pietra of Treasury Wine Estates will join Dr. Vougioukas in this conversation to give a grower perspective.

The Sustainable Ag Expo brings together over 30 of the world's top viticulture experts so that growers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors can learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. Topics range from Managing Grape Powdery Mildew & Botrytis Bunch Rot to the State of the Vineyard Real Estate Market. Plus, this year, attendees get the added benefit of 6-weeks of on-demand access to 5 online courses from October 17, through November 30, 2022. Growers can earn up to 18 DPR and 27.5 CCA hours between in-person and virtual presentations.

Full access to all in-person and recorded content is $445 for Vineyard Team Members and $545 for non-members.  For more information or to register, visit or email


About Vineyard Team:  Arising from growers' interest to educate and guide themselves towards sustainable winegrowing practices, Vineyard Team has become an internationally recognized leader in the sustainability movement since 1994. Not only has the organization influenced sustainability initiatives within the winegrowing community, Vineyard Team programs have influenced efforts in other crops, as well. Recognized by governmental, environmental, and community organizations, Vineyard Team's sustainable winegrowing programs are always leading the way in innovation.  Visit for more information.

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