Yanmar and Moët cooperate

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Yanmar Vineyard Solutions, the viticulture technology subsidiary of Yanmar, strengthens its partnership with the renowned Champagne House Maison Moët & Chandon in France. The partnership focuses on advancing robotic and autonomous solutions in vineyards by means of the development of the YV01 autonomous vineyard robot, aiming to innovate and improve the efficiency and safety of vineyard work today.

The partnership between Yanmar Vineyard Solutions and Maison Moët & Chandon underscores a shared vision for a more productive, safer future in vineyard management, offering  sustainability in terroir protection.

The collaboration started in 2019 when Yanmar first introduced its autonomous machine concept to Moët & Chandon. At this time, the wine industry was beginning to explore the potential of robotic vineyard assistance. Moët & Chandon recognised the opportunity and provided a set of specifications for a machine capable of operating under challenging plots with steep slopes and lateral slopes.

In 2021, the first prototype of the YV01 was introduced. The machine was tested on a CIVC plot to ensure it met the specifications before being released to Moët & Chandon. Following these tests, Moët & Chandon undertook extensive trials with two YV01 machines on some of their most demanding plots. This phase was crucial for evaluating the machines’ performance under real-life conditions. It also marked the start of a training program to teach staff new ways of working in steep areas.

By the end of 2022, Moët & Chandon confirmed their intention to operate the YV01 in some of their most challenging vineyard plots in Aÿ and Cramant. The YV01 met all the criteria for ease of use, enhanced operator safety, and regained autonomy in managing the most challenging plots.

Feedback from the winegrowers who have worked with the YV01 is positive. They report that “it meets all the standards of what we know on traditional tractor-mounted machinery”. In addition, it offers the “same quality of plant protection” while offering the advantages of improved safety and better adaptation to difficult terrain. Yanmar Vineyard Solutions and Moët & Chandon started the development of a new weeder tool in 2023, which has been available for sale since January 2024.



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