7 Years With InnoVint | A Winemaker's Journey
Matt Hughes is the General Manager and Winemaker at Feliz Creek Cellars. Hughes sat down with us to discuss his journey with InnoVint, why he started using it, and why he took it with him wherever he went.
Spoiler: it isn’t hard to figure out. In fact, the explanation is quite simple.
Next Step: InnoVint at Brassfield Estate
“When I went to Brassfield, InnoVint was the first request I made because as the new guy, you usually get what you want. So I said I needed $200,000 worth of Oak Barrels and InnoVint.”
And it was after this transition, Hughes saw how versatile and critical InnoVint could be.
“Then I was able to bring my team on board with it, and it became more of a winemaking tool. At Six Sigma, it was saving me paper, and at Brassfield, it had even more uses.”
For instance, Hughes found the costing function particularly the most helpful when he started using it at Brassfield.
He also listed a number of other valuable functions that eased his mind.
“Sorting, filtering, tagging lots, and just keeping track of everything at Brassfield was pretty easy with InnoVint,” Hughes said.
So, as you can imagine, with his team beginning to rely on InnoVint, Hughes was able to “monitor and sort what was happening with ease.”
Present Day: InnoVint at Feliz Creek Cellars
Feliz Creek Cellars in Hopland, CA, has two main services; case goods storage and barrel storage. However, Feliz Creek has been in the process of constructing a crush pad, adding custom crushing, and might be adding canning and bottling as well.
Hughes became very involved in the construction, and these responsibilities made it even more challenging when dealing with the user interface of the wine management software (he was using Vintrace).
“When I moved to Feliz Creek, I was so used to InnoVint I thought I could just launch this other program and know how to use it. I was working with contractors, installing tanks, powering tanks, and filling them the next day. I thought I would just enter what I could and put the rest on paper, but when the other wine management software launched, it just didn’t work for me,” Hughes said.
“I abandoned ship on it, and I said back to the notebooks and spreadsheets.”
He not only missed InnoVint’s functionality but he also missed its dedicated team.
“It just wasn’t going to work for me. It was more than double the work. So I contacted Ashley, ‘Help!’”
His move back to InnoVint has already made the work he is doing at Feliz Creek quicker and more relaxing.
So it is no surprise when Hughes says:
“I am a better winemaker with InnoVint because it allows me to be focused. It allows me to think about the wine, think about the client, and think about Feliz Creek.”
Hughes plans to continue using InnoVint at Feliz Creek and Campovida, a small winery also in Hopland, CA, which is committed to organic and biodynamic processes.
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