According to Global SMT & Packaging, La Rioja, located in the Northern portion of Spain, has joined with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Spanish IT service provider Acotec to create a smart card that will electronically collect and evaluate information on both the Bodega and their crops.
With the new Smart card technology, a series of benefits will be experienced by Bodegas, Regulatory Authorities and Inspectors alike:
- the Bodega to use an electronic harvest system that will measure everything from water levels to vine growth
- the regulatory authorities will be able to use the system to both oversee the harvest as well as monitor quotas
- it will be able to inform wine presses daily as to the progress of the harvest and planned deliveries
- inspectors will also benefit from this technology by receiving daily reports on closed vineyards and new wine presses.
In the end, Spain has continued to reinvent itself with new technology and modern winemaking techniques over the past few decades, regardless if it has taken a bit of change on the part of the winemaker. Personally, I think this only supports a feeling I’ve had about Spain for quite some time, although their bureaucracy has a lot to be desired, it is a country that can adapt to change when it enhances or benefits something they take pride it – wine is obviously no exception.
If your interested in more information on the technology, click here.