When some of these Shiraz vines were planted in 1887, the most advanced method of communication was the telegram.
The telephone was still a few years away and the internet was 100 years away. Today, the 130-year-old vines were the first in the renowned McLaren Vale region of Australia to be connected to their grower using the cell network and internet.
At Phytech, we're collecting and analyzing millions of readings each day from vines. Our Australian Managing Director, Mark Heyward, explained that this new client is keen to understand if the 110 year age difference between their young and senior Shiraz vines affects their irrigation needs.
PS: In one of the newer vineyards a flock of lambs seemed curious about the Phytech sensors being installed on the vines.