Winemakers Turn to Apps to Save Water, Perfect Wine

Wednesday was the last day of bottling at Shafer Vineyards. As the bottles were loaded onto the bottling machine, winemaker Elias Fernandez checked his cell phone.

“We’re bottling the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon,” he said.

Fernandez wasn’t just checking his phone; he was checking the app that shows him data from the bottling machine. He says Shafer Vineyards is the first in California to use this Italian bottling machine, that’s accessible by smart phone.

“The machine helps keep the quality of the bottles all the same,” Fernandez said.