Drones may be a vineyard's best friend. Aerial photography can capture details about their crops that vintners might miss from the ground, like finding sections of grapes ripening faster than others. Aerial photography can be pricey when it's coming from airplanes, but hand-tossed drones with cameras and image-analyzing software are cheap and accessible. Which may be why cognac makers are investing in drone maker Delair-Tech.
Spirits and wine makers are potential clients for Delair, whose drones are already tailored to monitoring crops as well as mapping out the likes of railways and energy grids. Andromede also owns stakes in drone distributor Avyon and Prodrone, a smaller rival of Delair, according to one of the fund's representatives.
Drones and wines aren't quite as iconic a pairing as brie and chardonnay, but they're getting there. In 2013, we wrote about how the owners of DRNK Wines used a drone to scan their crops. It's an increasingly common practice, from California to Virginia.
But may we suggest not letting the drone do the pouring?