3 Ways to Pacify Post-harvest Anxieties

Harvest for wine producers looked a bit different this year, and winemakers are scrambling to adapt and recover from significant losses in the North Coast, all while wondering what’s to come. 

The list of reasons to feel anxious post-harvest is long, and if you are like us, you’ll want to get the paperwork out of the way and focus on winding down for the holidays. Let’s go through some of the top ways to calm those post-harvest anxieties:

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1. Ditch the spreadsheets and take your records to a winemaking-focused solution

For many of us, zoom and screen fatigue are real and the last thing you want to do is spend more time at your desk translating paper records to spreadsheets. If this sounds like you, it might be time to start looking at a wine software solution to help you get organized. 

Adopting a new system can sound daunting, but in this ever-changing world, we all are quickly learning that things can’t be done the same way they always have. 

Having better systems in place for lot, barrel, and winemaking activity tracking is crucial to stay on top of production, quality control, and cost tracking. Opting for a purpose-built solution will help you stay ahead of the competition while giving yourself peace of mind and time to focus on other areas of your operation.

“We’re seeing our industry embrace technology at a pace we’ve never seen before. Yes, it’s out of necessity, but that saying ‘necessity being the mother of invention,’ it couldn’t be more true, and we’re definitely seeing it unfold right before our eyes in the wine industry.”

– George Christie, Wine Industry Network President and CEO

2. Eliminate all prep work for the TTB 5120.17 report 

If the upcoming end-of-year TTB report has you stressing, it might be time to look into ways to streamline how you track your wine movement gains and losses. As you know, the TTB has strict rules around any volume changes across tax classes, blending, etc. The last thing you need right now is a TTB audit!

Save yourself the hours of headache preparing for and executing the 5120.17 report. Allow cloud-based production software to generate this report for you, automatically, with full traceability reporting to back it up.

3. Start planning for next year.

The wine industry is growing, and winemakers and growers who rely on research and innovation will be the most successful in the years to come.

Take time to review this last year, noting what worked, what didn’t, and brainstorming ways to adapt and stay ahead of the curve. You’ll want to :

  • Have an accurate picture of your new vintage that’s now pressed off and put to rest
  • Track partial vessels to ensure proper gassing and top off protocols
  • Understand yields, and how your current production impacts your targets for next year
  • Pay any open 
  • Assess your capital and operational needs and firm up your 2021 budget

Gather this information and analysis in a single spot with production software to save you both time and resources. 

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Lastly, don’t forget to take some much-needed “me” time because the next harvest will be here before you know it.