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Everyvine: Mapping Vineyards and Wineries to Ensure a High Quality Product

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.34.26 PM Everyvine is an analysis and mapping website that synthesizes data and maps wineries and vineyards in order to improve the transparency of the wine industry. Everyvine provides over 100 characteristics for each vineyard it features, including topography, climate, and the type of soil in the area, and can use analysis to calculate several forecasts such as monthly solar radiation, growing degree days, and comparisons between wines.

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Everyvine’s mission is to “help organize the information of the world’s vineyards and wineries and build analytical tools to help vineyards grow better grapes and wineries make better wine.” They operate under the belief that the quality of wine-grapes is determined largely by the quality of the site and the skills of the grower, and present growers with the tools to share information on their vineyard, and buyers with the ability to find and select high quality grapes, which will lead to better prices for the grower and a better product for the consumer. The large-scale maps that Everyvine creates allow for attractive ways to share this information, which are easily accessible and navigable by the consumer.

Everyvine produces a variety of different maps, from a basic vineyard map showing roads, topography, the wine varieties that are being grown, to a color code of different soil types, and ideal areas for new vineyard planning. Geo-spatial analysis and geography can provide crucial and valuable tools to the wine industry, improving the efficiency and fine-tuning of the wine-making field through technological advancements and innovation. Everyvine is an excellent example of such an innovation, and a model to other fields that could benefit from the tools of geography.

The American Geographical Society reached out to Jordan Thomas, the founder of Everyvine, asking him about the mission and story behind the venture and he was kind enough to provide the following statement:

“Everyvine starts from the assumption that great wines are the product of skilled wine makers and farmers, with vineyards planted in ideal site locations. While the former relies on the talents of people, the latter, vineyard site characteristics, are the combination of geographic data which has the potential to be tracked and analyzed. The future Everyvine is aiming for views grape growing and research as a collaborative effort. By tracking information like climate, soil, terrain, and farming practices for the worlds vineyard, Everyvine hopes to build a dataset that will lead to new insights about the way vineyard site characteristics impact the wines.

I attended UC Davis to study math and statistics. While there I became interested in the application of modern statistical techniques like machine learning to large scale geographic datasets. Having grown up in Northern California wine country I was aware of the needs of the industry and was surprised to find the data available on vineyard plantings was terribly limited. So while at school I began building Everyvine as a collaborative platform for the collection and analysis of vineyards.”

Written By: Christopher Ewell, AGS Intern on June 1, 2015

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