4 Ways RFID Improves Winemaking Management

Collecting accurate data during key steps of the winemaking process helps ensure you’re producing your wine efficiently. The more relevant data collected, the better understanding you’ll have about your final product and operations. SmartCAT and RFID help save time collecting and managing the data that increases visibility into your production processes.

1) Verify Completed Work

SmartCAT’s custom digital forms and specially designed RFID tags allow workers to easily collect clean data in your vineyard. Examples include: GPS coordinates, date and time, as well as vine, fruit and soil observations. RFID and the form’s pre-designed data fields help eliminate data entry errors and falsifications, ensuring valid and verifiable data is being collected.

2) Save Time on Managing Cellar Inventory

Cellars often contain hundreds, if not thousands, of barrels. Approaching each barrel to read and record its contents takes time. By using a custom SmartCAT form with a handheld UHF RFID reader to collect data from RFID tags attached to each barrel, you’re able to take inventory of multiple barrels at once and quickly access unique barrel data including: country of origin, toast level, number of fills, in-service date and the contents of each barrel.

The verifiable data can be viewed via SmartCAT’s dashboards to inventory what vintages and varietals are currently in your cellar as well as help you manage and plan subsequent cellaring and winemaking steps.

3) Improve Preventive Maintenance Programs

Many times machines like tractors, presses, crushers/destemmers and fillers aren’t used every day. However, it’s important to regularly maintain them to ensure they work properly when needed. SmartCAT and RFID tags attached to your equipment allow you to access when and what maintenance was last performed as well as when it’s due next. SmartCAT also sends alerts via push notification or email when maintenance is past due.

The easily accessible data allows you to digitally track all your machines’ preventive maintenance schedules to ensure everything is up-to-date.

4) Increase Visibility into Your Winemaking Operation

SmartCAT’s custom dashboards generated by the collected RFID data can be organized to view each winemaking process such as: vineyard observation, harvesting, destemming, crushing, fermentation, blending and cellaring.

This allows you to analyze data one process at a time or grouped together to identify and evaluate any inefficiencies that can be improved.


Collecting and analyzing accurate data is important to ensure work is being completed and valuable insights are made. SmartCAT and RFID help save time collecting verifiable and easily accessible data to ensure your operations are running efficiently and increase visibility from vine to wine.

Interested in learning more about how RFID can help your application? Reach out to our RFID experts – they’re here to help answer any questions you may have and help find the best solution for you!

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