Covenant started as a small Napa-based winery in 2003 and has grown to a 7,000 sq ft urban winery in Berkeley with a sister winery located in Israel. Covenant is unique because it is the only American winery making wine in both California and Israel.
Before InnoVint, the Covenant team was using a lot of handwritten documents and spreadsheets. They saw a need to upgrade what they were using to improve both efficiency and quality.
“A few years ago, we realized that it just really was not working….we needed a better way to track what we’re doing. We considered several different options a few years back.” – Jonathan, Winemaker
Winemaking doesn’t happen behind a desk. The Covenant team needed a way to have more time to focus on winemaking and spend less time mulling over paperwork.
The team now regularly uses InnoVint’s Winery Software to track what’s happening with the wines, what they have in-barrel, and which lots are coming and going.
When asked about the thing that sold them on InnoVint, Jonathan responded with:
“ I think it was the aesthetic of it and the ease of using it. There are also many cool features that we haven’t implemented yet, but we probably will start using them, especially for the 702 reports. But really, it’s more of the aesthetic of how it’s set up. That’s the main thing I like about it. Compared to the other available software…the other stuff just didn’t really work for me. InnoVint was more intuitive.”
When asked about the InnoVint onboarding process, Jonathan had this to share:
“It was easy. Go in, add a lot, put in information, and it’s there! Your barrel codes and all. I also have my own wine that I produce here, and many of those wines I haven’t even put into the system yet. So I’m onboarding all the time.”
It’s great to see that the Covenant team is satisfied with their decision to move from spreadsheets to a software solution that does the hard work. Covenant’s story is the perfect example of tradition meeting innovation to make the best wine possible.
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