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The future is robot-sorted grapes!

A winemaker in Napa Valley California is now using optic technology to replace sorting grapes by hand. Hall Vineyard uses a robot to take pictures at 10,000 frames per second which then analyses the grapes instantly, selecting the ones that meet the winemakers programmed specifications. A puff of air blasts out unwanted grapes. The robot does the job of 60 labourers in just a few hours and reduces the cost of sorting while improving the quality of mid-range wines and keeping prices low.

Hall Vineyard is one of 8 winemakers in Napa Valley who have invested in the robotic technology.